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Old 02-27-2006, 12:50 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by jibi
At the time this went to trial, and over the last 3.5 years, the patents have been valid.
But using that logic, Cingular will be allowed to collect royalties on their recent application for emoticon patents until someone challenges the USPTO? Its a clear case of prior art while the RIM/NTP case is not, but they're both invalid nonetheless. If they're invalidated now, doesn't that mean that they shouldn't hold the ground in the past as well since it was not an original idea to begin with?