More bad news for we-don't-actually-make-anything NTP in their
long legal dispute with RIM — the US patent office just
made a "first office action" rejecting the validity of the last of eight NTP
patents they were
reviewing, 5 of which were at the heart of the RIM patent infringement suit. While this would seem the end, it sadly is
not — afterall, this is the US patent office and legal system we're talking about, eh. NTP lawyers responded by saying
hoped expected this to be a "multiyear process" and
investors against "becoming too euphoric" as this decision has "only partial bearing on the case."
thing seems certain
though, it's a damned good thing RIM never paid the half
billion USD they settled on in March!