not make any difference to the judge hearing the RIM/NTP case -- Judge James Spencer has said the patent review process
should have no bearing on his ruling -- but execs at RIM
be breathing at least a small sigh of relief now that the US Patent and Trademark Office has issued a final rejection
of one of NTP's patents. The PTO had previously issued preliminary rejections of all five of the patents at issue in
the case. Pundits (and, no doubt, RIM brass) are now saying that the decision might convince Judge Spencer to delay his
ruling on whether or not to enforce an injunction that could shut down all BlackBerry service in the US as early as
Friday. We think not. This is Spencer's 15 minutes of fame, and he knows that to really milk his moment in the
spotlight, he's got to do something bold on Friday, and allowing things to drag on definitely isn't bold.