USPTO Blackberry Reexamination Casts New Light On $450M Settlement

Law360, New York (April 22, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A decision by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to strike down a patent at the center of Research In Motion Ltd.’s three-year legal dispute with NTP Inc. over its Blackberry devices has raised questions about a $450 million settlement agreement.

In a 643-page decision issued earlier this month, the USPTO soundly rejected one of NTP’s disputed patents and strongly suggested others could be overturned.

The USPTO has reexamined more than 2,000 claims made on a total of eight NTP patents, including the five that RIM...
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