The case against Research In Motion, the Canadian manufacturer of the popular BlackBerry wireless device, brought by a Virginia-based company suffered another blow as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced Friday that it had rejected the fifth of eight patents the challenger is claiming. . . .Prior post: Backup RIM Technology If NTP Deal Falls Through (June 16, 2005), No Product Does Not Mean No Patent Rights (May 1, 2005), and USPTO Rejects Patent Involved in Lawsuit that RIM Paid $450M to Settle (Apr. 14, 2005).
The rejection of the patents is not final. NTP will have the opportunity to appeal and convince the patent examiners that they have erred.
Update: More at Techdirt.