Patent Office Saves the Day

by on December 21, 2005 · 2 comments

It’s good to see that the Patent Office has come to RIM’s rescue by hinting that it will be rejecting all of NTP’s patents in February. It seems that RIM’s gamble paid off. At this point, it would be an extremely boneheaded judge who would issue an injunction given that NTP now looks almost certain to lose on the merits. And that means that RIM has little reason to settle, and it’s looking increasingly likely that NTP won’t get a dime.

That’s heartening, but I hope this isn’t the end of the story. Policymakers ought to take this as an object lesson in the problems with the patent status quo. If NTP’s patents were invalid, then RIM shouldn’t have had to spend 4 years in court defending itself against charges of infringing them. Something’s busted and needs to be fixed.

  • enigma_foundry

    Totally dead-on. The Patent system is way out of control, especially in USA.

    I’d recommend the book “Steal this Idea” by Michael Perelman, for starters for those who are interested in this subject.

    Esp. interesting is his showing how radio got of the ground as a consumer product due to compulsory licensing of many patents. Really counters the conventional wisdom that Patents foster innovation, esp as administered by the USPTO.

  • http://enigmafoundry.wordpress.com eee_eff

    Totally dead-on. The Patent system is way out of control, especially in USA.

    I’d recommend the book “Steal this Idea” by Michael Perelman, for starters for those who are interested in this subject.

    Esp. interesting is his showing how radio got of the ground as a consumer product due to compulsory licensing of many patents. Really counters the conventional wisdom that Patents foster innovation, esp as administered by the USPTO.

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