U.S. Patent Office backs RIM in patent dispute

02/2/2006 | Reuters · NYTimes.com · Wall Street Journal, The

Research In Motion touted yesterday's decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to strike down all of NTP's wireless e-mail claims. NTP said it would respond to the ruling, which was not final, and that it would appeal if necessary. Meanwhile, the Justice Department took the unusual step of asking a federal judge not to shut down BlackBerry services in the U.S. until NTP can devise a better plan for how to deal with such a situation. A hearing to decide BlackBerry's fate is schedule for Feb. 24, setting up a scenario in which the presiding court could impose an injunction before the Patent Office reaches a final conclusion.

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