Judge delays BlackBerry US shutdown
Court disappointed with RIM and NTP?Â¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s inability to reach a settlement
A US judge has delayed ruling on the shutdown of RIM?Â¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s BlackBerry network yesterday, extending an already long running patent dispute with NTP.
Judge James Spencer of the US District Court in Richmond is reported to have said that he was disappointed with RIM and NTP?Â¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s inability to reach a settlement but had decided to first rule on damages in the case, before deciding on a shutdown.
Earlier in the day, the US Patent and Trademark Office had issued a final rejection of the third NTP patent that forms the basis of the company’s complaint against RIM, but Spencer said this would not affect his ruling.
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