U.S. Patent Office Sides with RIM

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 8:04 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has indicated that it will formally and finally reject the patents at the heart of a lawsuit in which NTP Inc. is suing BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. for patent infringement.

But while such a ruling would be good news for RIM and its customers, industry experts say that it will likely take several months before such a ruling would be final.

The USPTO last week rejected two of five patents at the center of the legal battle that threatens to shutter the BlackBerry e-mail service in the United States.

While the rulings were “non-final actions,” meaning NTP can appeal them, the office made a point of indicating that it aims to reject them eventually.

Source: eWeek


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