When it comes to patents and patent infringement laws, we’re pretty clueless but thanks to the blogosphere we can find someone that does. Dennis Crouch a patent lawyer has a Patent Law Blog, called Patently-O and explains the RIM-NTP case further. He goes on to state that the RIM patent case denial was “entirely expected”.
Then he explains the next steps for RIM:
RIM has ninety days to file a petition for writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court and line-up any Amicus curiae. NTP will then have thirty days to respond in opposition. This timeline easily pushes the Courtâ€™s decision on whether to even hear the the case into 2006. In all likelihood, the Court will decline â€” thus allowing the case to return to the district court to determine: (1) whether a the â€œterm sheetâ€ was an actual settlement; (2) whether an injunction should issue immediately; and/or (3) how new hearings/trial should proceed on the issues vacated by the August 2005 opinion [pdf].
In a parallel process, the patents in suit are all undergoing reexamination at the PTO. Each patent has been initially rejected in a first office action. However, those initial rejections have yet to be made final.