RIM Patent Lawsuit on Appeal
In case you missed it, RIM lost their patent lawsuit to NTP. On appeal, but if they lose then the Blackberry is in big trouble, and so are all those companies that buy Blackberries for their employees. As is Homeland Security who, according to this NY Times article, ordered the devices for congress
NTP is a bullshit patent-holding company that doesn't produce anything other than lawsuits. Another example of why patent reform is needed. If you buy patents and aren't in the business of producing anything with that patent then you are a parasite on the market. The failings of IP law are threatening the existence of the technology industry in this country. After recently looking into several startups, I've concluded that VC have added two things they want to see in any tech startup business plan: a list of patents and an offshore development plan.
Go donate some money to the EFF to help them reform intellectual property law.
Posted by Mark Wednesday, December 15, 2004 11:06:00 AM |