Monday, November 21, 2005

How Patent Suit Became Judge's Nightmare - Yahoo! News

"Even worse, there's a side show: the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which operates in its own world. It has preliminarily rejected the same patents at the core of the lawsuit. Despite RIM's optimism about the office's deliberations, the nearer-term prospect of the court injunction could force the company into a settlement as costly as $1 billion.

Robert Kerton, an economics professor at University of Waterloo in Canada, says the case demonstrates the need to reform the patent system, allowing real producers to get down to business.

'But don't hold your breath,' he said, 'because thousands of attorneys really love the tangled system.'"

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