Patent Troll NTP is Back at it, Suing Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Others
July 9, 2010 2:00 PM
comment(s) - last by
It's been years since infamous patent troll NTP actually developed any new intellectual property or looked to produce anything. Yet it's just launched its biggest suit yet, suing Microsoft, Google, Apple, and more.
Life is good for NTP -- they don't have to make anything to make money, they just sue people who do
The last time notorious Virginia-based patent troll NTP, Inc. climbed out of its cave was back in 2007 to
Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint Nextel
for patent infringement
. We guessed at the time that we hadn't seen the last of the firm. We were right.
NTP, Inc. just
filed a massive new suit
against Apple, Google, Microsoft, HTC, LG, and Motorola claiming the firms are in massive violation of its patents on wireless email technologies. One has to wonder, even given NTP, Inc.'s vast experience in litigation, if it has this time bit off more than it can chew by declaring war on virtually
all the tech industry's top players
(well... besides IBM, HP, and Dell -- maybe they're next).
The firm does have a
under its belt from a
$612M USD settlement
with Blackberry maker Research in Motion over the same technologies. After its loss, RIM fought to invalidate NTP's patents. It succeeded in getting some examined and overturned, but improper dealings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office weighed heavily on its reexamination requests, leading to 67 claims in four of NTP reviewed patents surviving.
With those patents intact, NTP still had enough ammo to apparently go gunning for the top players in the smart phone industry today. NTP's cofounder Donald E. Stout complains, "Use of NTP's intellectual property without a license is just plain unfair to NTP and its licensees. Unfortunately, litigation is our only means of ensuring the inventor of the fundamental technology on which wireless email is based, Tom Campana, and NTP shareholders are recognized, and are fairly and reasonably compensated for their innovative work and investment. We took the necessary action to protect our intellectual property."
NTP -- or at least its other co-founder -- at one time could be considered an innovator in the fields of internet software and electronics. It was co-founded with the late inventor Thomas J. Campana Jr. who invented and patented a form of push email back in 1990. Campana Jr.'s numerous patents formed the basis of NTP's IP library.
In recent years, though NTP has developed no new technology and has only subsisted off a career of zealous litigation against companies like RIM and others who
produce products. Palm was among NTP's other recent victims, being
sued back in 2006
Such patent battles typically drag out for some time in court, so the conclusion of this one may not come for some time.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
pattent for sending an email over RF only?
7/9/2010 4:54:48 PM
don't most phones use their applications to connect to the internet and check the internet for email updates...other then blackberry, i don't believe most phones like iphone or android actually have the email sent wirelessly directly to the phone by the network provider. email on my phone doesn't work like an SMS
an example of this is that email providers aren't telecoms usually, and they don't have my phone number, they simply provide the email on the web, and my phone connects to the web, and downloads it. atleast thats what i think...and their patents don't cover wireless access to the internet so whats the issue here?
RE: pattent for sending an email over RF only?
7/10/2010 3:04:46 AM
The issue here is that even 600+ million dollars do not last forever, especially if split between several greedy bastards. The money they won last time is simply running low. Or, it could be there's something new they (the greedy bastards) want to get, and what ever's left over from last time doesn't cover it.
"We can't expect users to use common sense. That would eliminate the need for all sorts of legislation, committees, oversight and lawyers." -- Christopher Jennings
Tech Giants Form Super League to Fight Patent Suits
July 1, 2008, 1:40 PM
NTP Locks Gunsights on Big Four U.S. Wireless Carriers
September 13, 2007, 1:16 AM
NTP Brings Palm to Court
November 8, 2006, 1:23 AM
RIM and NTP Settle for $613 Million USD
March 3, 2006, 7:15 PM
Patent Infringement Could Leave RIM and Blackberry Users Everywhere, in the Dark
January 30, 2006, 10:35 AM
Samsung Hopes to Launch Budget Tizen Device in India by November
September 19, 2014, 5:25 PM
Verizon Wireless Wi-Fi Calling Coming Next Year, Company Sees No Rush to Offer Feature
September 19, 2014, 11:45 AM
Quick Note: Toshiba to Restructure PC Business, Cut 900 Jobs Worldwide
September 18, 2014, 1:40 PM
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 U.S. Pre-orders Start Sept 19, Launches Oct 14
September 18, 2014, 10:15 AM
Amazon Releases New and Refreshed Kindle Fire Tablets, Announces Fire OS 4
September 17, 2014, 10:23 PM
Apple Launches iOS 8 for iPads, iPhones
September 17, 2014, 1:54 PM
Most Popular Articles
HTC Preps Nexus 9 With Nvidia K1 64-Bit "Denver" SoC, Android L Onboard
September 10, 2014, 10:21 PM
Quick Note: Buy an Xbox One Sept 7-13, Get a Free Game
September 4, 2014, 10:42 AM
Apple Announces Its Smartwatch: The $349 Apple Watch
September 9, 2014, 2:09 PM
Dell Announces "World's Thinnest" Tablet: The Venue 8 7000 Series
September 11, 2014, 8:51 AM
T-Mobile Launches Un-carrier 7.0, Beefs Up Wi-Fi Calling
September 11, 2014, 2:56 PM
Latest Blog Posts
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information