RIM wins latest round in patent battle with NTP

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RIM wins latest round in patent battle with NTP

Antony Savvas

RIM, the BlackBerry push e-mail system provider, says the US patent office has ruled in its favour over a further two contested patents held by NTP, as its long-running legal dispute with the company continues.

Despite RIM’s cheer over the patent ruling, the company is still moving towards the threat of having its US push e-mail service being closed as a result of ongoing court action.

The US patent office, said RIM, has ruled that the two patents in question currently held by NTP are not valid, although its decision is not seen as a final say on the matter as NTP can appeal through the courts.

RIM has already seen a court ruling go against it in the patent royalty dispute with NTP and is struggling to settle with NTP to avoid the court closing down its US network.

Such a move would mean international BlackBerry users would not be able to access their e-mail while travelling in the US.


 


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