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Blackberry's patent invalid-confirmed!

Written by Michael Coyle on 12 February 2007

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The Court of Appeal in Research in Motion UK Ltd v Inpro Licensing SARL, and T-Mobile (UK) Ltd has held that Pumfrey J had correctly decided that a patent which had been asserted against the BlackBerry hand-held device was invalid as lacking inventive step.

 Blackberry is delighted as in doing so, the threat to the sale and use of BlackBerry hand-held devices has been removed.

 The appeal court found that the Pumfrey J was correct and that use of the streamlined procedure should not have been used, and that there was no general principle which said that the streamlined procedure should be used whenever one party asked for it and the other party did not provide a convincing objection.

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