Some good news for RIM in the patent fight against NTP
Some good news finally came for RIM in connection with its long-running patent fight against NTP, with the rejection of one of the NTP's claims by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The rejection appeared just one day after the U.S. District Judge James Spencer denied RIM's request for further delay of the infringement case and rejected $450 million settlement reached earlier this year between RIM and the patent holder NTP, as phonearena informed yesterday. NTP claims that it owns the patents for the technology that powers RIM's BlackBerry handheld devices, but the Patent Office recently received information that a Norwegian firm may have filed patents prior to NTP, according to various media sources. The rejection, however is not final as NTP will have an opportunity to file a response.