In which a clearly unethical and probably illegal act is taken

Of course you are all as irritated by RIMs $600+ million settlement with NTP as I am, especially given the USPTO’s unusual announcement that they have found all of NTP’s patents to be invalid and that they believe that none of them will stand up on appeal. Especially since the NTP patents were clearly pre-dated by a Norwegian patent dating from the late 80’s. And now, it turns out, that a guy named Geoff Goodfellow published a discription of wireless email back in the early 80s but didn’t try for a patent since he considered the idea to be obvious. Anyway, during the trial NTP paid him 20k to be a consultant and one of the terms of the contract was an NDA that prevented him from talking to RIM or the court.

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