Blackberry Blackout

by on December 1, 2005 · 6 comments

I really don’t care very much about the particulars of the patent battle between RIM and NTP.

But when I read yesterday that a US District Judge invalidated the $450 million settlement reached earlier this year, I was elated at the possibility, however unlikely, that an injunction might shutdown the Crackberry of every jackass lawyer in DC.

  • http://htt://www.technosailor.com Aaron Brazell

    You do realize that by doing that, the US Government would face immediate billion dollar lawsuits from corporations nationwide. Blackberries are not simply status indicators. They are critical tools for communication and connectivity. Trust me. I work for a major corp that issues Blackberries to almost everyone. A day without it could cost millions.

  • Aaron Brazell

    You do realize that by doing that, the US Government would face immediate billion dollar lawsuits from corporations nationwide. Blackberries are not simply status indicators. They are critical tools for communication and connectivity. Trust me. I work for a major corp that issues Blackberries to almost everyone. A day without it could cost millions.

  • enigma_foundry

    The US patent is so broken, perhaps this would be a good thing, to wake everyone up to how senseless business method and software patents are.

    I strongly recommend Michael Perelman’s excellent book, Steal This Idea for anyone who wants thhe complete details of how screwed up it is.

  • http://enigmafoundry.wordpress.com eee_eff

    The US patent is so broken, perhaps this would be a good thing, to wake everyone up to how senseless business method and software patents are.

    I strongly recommend Michael Perelman’s excellent book, Steal This Idea for anyone who wants thhe complete details of how screwed up it is.

  • yorkston

    Possibility that the shutdown would cause a catastrophe which would inspire millions to plead for patent reform is talked about here.

    Perhaps more interesting news to you would be that the USPTO looks like it is going to invalidate all 5 of NTP’s core patents that it is trying to excercise against RIM, but the courts have already decided to force a settlement without waiting for the USPTO’s final ruling.

    You don’t need to care about the particulars of the case between these two, but you should care about a terribly broken patent system that rewards abusive government-backed monopolies on obvious and vague ideas, often even if those ideas are already embodied in common practice. The NTP patents are a perfect example of this — they cover using a wireless medium to transmit email. Innovative, no? I don’t know about you, but I’m sure glad NTP invented that idea, or else no one would have ever figured it out [sarcasm off].

    If the USPTO doesn’t invalidate these patents, I guess we’re (not just RIM — all of us) looking at 20 years of paying NTP for their email-over-wireless patent(s). Because, guaranteed, if they prevail against RIM, they’ll go after everyone else that does anything even vaguely similar, including cell-phone makers/providers, maybe even that wireless hub you have in your home — ever sent email with that baby?

  • yorkston

    Possibility that the shutdown would cause a catastrophe which would inspire millions to plead for patent reform is talked about here.

    Perhaps more interesting news to you would be that the USPTO looks like it is going to invalidate all 5 of NTP’s core patents that it is trying to excercise against RIM, but the courts have already decided to force a settlement without waiting for the USPTO’s final ruling.

    You don’t need to care about the particulars of the case between these two, but you should care about a terribly broken patent system that rewards abusive government-backed monopolies on obvious and vague ideas, often even if those ideas are already embodied in common practice. The NTP patents are a perfect example of this — they cover using a wireless medium to transmit email. Innovative, no? I don’t know about you, but I’m sure glad NTP invented that idea, or else no one would have ever figured it out [sarcasm off].

    If the USPTO doesn’t invalidate these patents, I guess we’re (not just RIM — all of us) looking at 20 years of paying NTP for their email-over-wireless patent(s). Because, guaranteed, if they prevail against RIM, they’ll go after everyone else that does anything even vaguely similar, including cell-phone makers/providers, maybe even that wireless hub you have in your home — ever sent email with that baby?

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