Blackberry First District Court Hearing

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U.S. District Judge James Spencer held the first district court hearing in the NTP v. RIMM case since the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit sent the hearing back to the lower courts. Seems like the Judge may push the the two sides to settle, seeing how he wont wait for the pending reexamination of NTP’s patents at the US Patent and Trademark Office to finalize his verdict.

“I intend to move swiftly in this … I’ve spent enough of my life and time on NTP and RIM.”, Spencer said.


In 2003, Spencer granted an injunction that would have halted U.S. sales of the BlackBerry and shut down its service after NTP successfully sued RIM. But Spencer stayed the injunction pending appeal. An appeals court later scaled back the infringement ruling against RIM, but upheld some patent infringement claims. Efforts by RIM to get the courts to stay case have failed.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office earlier this year completed a re-examination of eight NTP patents and issued initial rulings rejecting all of the claims. RIM has noted the patent office ruling is not final, and NTP has said it plans see the full re-examination process through, which could take years.

  • F Farias

    NTP, Inc is a shell company, which owns or holds nothing. Its “patents” regurgitations of an imagined use of technology at the time they were written are generalizations which refer to nothing specific, no specific operating device and so are not and cannot be valid descriptions of a patented device. The patent system was created to protect the profits actual inventions
    generate for the inventor/inventors. NTP, Inc is a pirate company, searching for vulnerable companies that will give in, pay up, much as the original pirates looked to capture ships of the Spanish main, and later attacked American trading ships as the Barbary pirates stopped by T.Jefferson. Its too bad judges aren’t seeing through the ruse. It looks like the patent office finally is.

  • F Farias

    NTP, Inc is a shell company, which owns or holds nothing. Its “patents” regurgitations of an imagined use of technology at the time they were written are generalizations which refer to nothing specific, no specific operating device and so are not and cannot be valid descriptions of a patented device. The patent system was created to protect the profits actual inventions
    generate for the inventor/inventors. NTP, Inc is a pirate company, searching for vulnerable companies that will give in, pay up, much as the original pirates looked to capture ships of the Spanish main, and later attacked American trading ships as the Barbary pirates stopped by T.Jefferson. Its too bad judges aren’t seeing through the ruse. It looks like the patent office finally is.