A relatively unknown US-based company called NTP Incorporated announced that it has filed lawsuits against six huge names in the wireless industry: Google, Microsoft, Apple, HTC, LG and Motorola.
NTP claims that eight of its patents “related to the delivery of electronic mail over wireless communications systems” have been infringed by the companies mentioned above.
Back in 2000, NTP sued BlackBerry maker RIM (also over wireless email patents infringement) and eventually won the case. In 2006, RIM paid $612.5 million to NTP.
Since “all the claims asserted” in the trial with RIM were found valid, it’s quite possible that at least some of the newly-sued companies will have to pay nice money to NTP – although litigations may last for years.
NTP was founded in 1992 by Thomas Campana, Jr (“the inventor of wireless email”) and currently holds no less than 50 US patents.
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