Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Last NTP Patent Rejected

Citing the existence of prior-art, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a "non-final" rejection of the last of NTP Inc.’s five patents that it claims Research In Motion Ltd is infringing. NTP announced that it would appeal any rulings against it so it is unclear how this will affect the February 24th court hearing on a potential injunction.

The Globe and Mail notes NTP’s options:

NTP has 30 days to respond, after which a final ruling is issued. Either side can appeal the final decision to a patent appeals board, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and eventually the Supreme Court.

However RIM’s stock rose $6.75 to $84, up 8.7 per cent on the news.

RIM's has issued a Press Release on this ruling.

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