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November 9, 2005

Federal Judge Indicates No Stay in Blackberry Patent Case

Federal Judge James Spenser told parties yesterday that he would consider whether the settlement reached between Research In Motion, maker of the Blackberry, and NTP, Inc., a patent holding company, was enforceable.  NPT successfully sued RIM for patent violation and sought an injunction against further infringement.  In the meantime, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office began to independently review the patent claims.  The settlement fell apart over intreprentation of its terms.  The Judge said, however, that it is unlikely that he would stay the case pending the outcome of the USPTO investigation.  "Frankly it's highly unlikely that I'm going to stay these proceedings ... I don't run (patent office) business and they don't run mine," Spencer said.

Read more in the Reuters story via the Washington Post.

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