From what I have read, the Patent Office is expect to make a final judgement in the next 3 months, so what if the court waits a few months to make the right decission. I understand there is also an appeals process in the Patent Office, but it just seems wrong to make any decission in mid-stream.
If the Patent's Office voids all of the patents after the judge rules in favor of NTP, then does that start the process all over? Does NTP have to give back the money they wrongfully gained?
If the Patent's Office determines the patents are valid, that would give NTP much more strenght and make the judges decission much stronger in the following court appeals or maybe make a settlement more likely.