Originally Posted by nb_mitch
I would completely disagree. If the patent office comes to a final decission that all the patents are INVALID before the judge forces any meaning negative action against RIM. If the Judge rules first, which is what NTP has been trying to push for, then it could matter, especially if it forced RIM to settle before the Patent office came to it's conclusion.
The USPTO's final decision is years away not days/weeks. They are making non-final judgements right now, which leaves room for an NTP appeal within the patent office and then a legal appeal in the court system (which would likely be rejected almost immediately).