Things have been looking up for Research in Motion in the company's long-running patent dispute with rival NTP.
With the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office overturning NTP's patents left and
, it looked like any justification for NTP's claims that RIM needed to pay up for IP infringement was rapidly
slipping away. But RIM has just been dealt a potentially severe blow, as the US Supreme Court has declined to hear the
company's appeal to an injunction against the Blackberry brought by a Virginia
. The case now goes back to Judge James Spencer, who has set a February 1 deadline for RIM, NTP and interested
parties to file papers. If the judge enforces his injunction, Blackberry service could go dead in the US -- though the
company has long said it has a "workaround" to keep things up and running. We still tend to think RIM's
eventually going to prevail in this one, but NTP may have just won enough leverage to push harder for some kind of settlement
to make the whole
case just go away.
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