Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) confirmed today that it has received a copy of a Final Office Action issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (the ?Patent Office?) in the Director-initiated ex parte reexamination of NTP, Inc. Patent #6,067,451. This Final Office Action maintains the outright and complete rejection of all claims in the patent.
All of the NTP patents have been rejected by the Patent Office in initial and second Office Actions, based in part on prior art not considered in the 2002 trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The rejections from the Patent Office were all based on multiple grounds, required the unanimous agreement of 3 senior patent examiners and are expected to withstand all future appeals by NTP.
Patent #6,067,451 contains 2 of the 9 claims remaining in dispute and both claims were rejected in the Patent Office ruling disclosed today. Patent #6,317,592 contains 6 of the 9 claims remaining in dispute and all 6 claims were rejected in the Patent Office ruling disclosed by RIM on February 1, 2006. Patent #5,436,960 contains the last of the 9 claims remaining in dispute and that claim (which has already been rejected twice) is expected to receive a ruling in a Final Office Action from the Patent Office soon.