RIM Opinion is Good Patent Reading

The RIM messaging opinion is out from the Federal District Court — RIM lost on 11 of 16 counts in its appeal of a prior ruling in favor of NTP’s patents for wireless messaging — and it makes for harrowing important reading. Rather than rule on the root question of whether the NTP patents on wireless email met the three criteria for patentability — useful, novel, and non-obvious — the court spent most of its time messing with technical issues having to do with the meaning of electronic mail and the like. Granted, there is a separate attempt underway by RIM to try and have NTP’s over-large patents overturned by the U.S. PTO, but the court had an opportunity to kick the process along — and it didn’t.