RIM Dealt A Blow In Patent Case

from the it's-the-final-countdown dept

RIM had better get that software workaround they've talked about warmed up, as the judge in their patent case with NTP has rejected their attempt to have an earlier settlement enforced. RIM had a few weeks ago asked that the $450 settlement be applied, leading to speculation that it was either trying to cut its losses, or simply just make another legal ploy to drag the case out in hopes it would give the patent office time to invalidate the NTP patents, a path down which it's headed. The two issues remaining before the court are the injunction NTP's seeking to shut down Blackberry service until RIM pays up, and damages. Meanwhile, the company's begun a hearing on a similar patent in the UK, which a Luxembourg-based company claims RIM is violating.

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    Derek Kerton (profile), 30 Nov 2005 @ 2:32pm

    Re: Yeah

    The comment above just misses the target a little. It's not a "frivolous lawsuit", but it is a "frivolous patent". Patents on mobile email are about as inventive as patents on "getting your chocolate in my peanut butter." That's true now, as it was in 1991 when the original inventor got his patents. Email is just an application, and the mobile phone is just a platform.

    What about news on mobile phones, or maps on mobile phones? Those are both different applications that run on a mobile platform. No patent lawsuits there, though. What makes email so special? RIM is making millions, and the trolls have come out of the woodwork, that's all.

    Why don't I run down to the Patent Office and get the rights to VoIP on Linux computers? Or Video file rendering (a la Adobe premiere) on mobile phones?

    The original inventor DID try to make a go of it, but failed. Now I hear people suggesting that kind of effort should be rewarded? Forget that! The hard part of software/tech invention these days isn't getting the idea - those are a dime a dozen. The hard part is successful implementation, bug fixes, integration with legacy, partnering, production, sales, etc. You know, the kind of stuff that makes an idea a business.

    Yes, we need patents to protect inventors from those who would steal their ideas, and stifle their opportunity. But the current system is flawed, offers frivolous patents, and offers more of disincentive to innovation than incentive. With the system today, you know that if you invent something, work hard to bring it to market, and make money, someone will sue you cuz they had some silly, vague idea that the patent office approved.

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