USPTO notifies RIM and NTP that patents likely to be struck down

According to the New York Times, the USPTO has notified both NTP and Research in Motion, the maker of the BlackBerry wireless e-mail device, that the technology patents at the heart of an infringement lawsuit by NTP against RIM are likely to be struck down. The office has issued preliminary rejections of all five wireless e-mail patents in the past. The final rulings may come by mid-February, earlier than expected.