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NTP Sues Six Major Tech Companies Over Wireless Email Patents 197

rgraham writes "NTP, the same company that sued and eventually settled with RIM for $612.5 million over an IP dispute, has now sued Apple, Google, HTC, LG, Microsoft and Motorola for infringement of wireless email patents. In the press release, NTP co-founder Donald Stout said, '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.'"
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NTP Sues Six Major Tech Companies Over Wireless Email Patents

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  • by sconeu (64226) on Friday July 09, 2010 @03:39PM (#32854848) Homepage Journal

    Wasn't NTP's key patent ruled invalid, but the judge made RIM pay anyways?

    And it seems to me that the "email + wireless" patent would be invalid under KSR v. Teleflex []

  • by N7DR (536428) on Friday July 09, 2010 @04:16PM (#32855348) Homepage

    There were plenty of amateur radio operators (myself included) using the KA9Q stack to implement e-mail over radio in the late 80s.

    As is so frequently the case, though, I haven't been able (yet) to find the details of the patents at issue here. Although possibly they are the same as the ones at issue in the RIM case (the PR blurb from NTP seems to indicate that that's a possibility, but isn't explicit). In any case, without the actual patents (indeed, without the detailed claims from the complaint), it's hard to know whether the action is even, as the lawyers say, colorable.

  • by mysidia (191772) on Friday July 09, 2010 @04:27PM (#32855448)

    The law really needs to be changed to NOT reward companies like NTP that do that.

    The proceeds of any judgement or settlement of that nature ought to have to be held in escrow pending completion of a thorough review of the patent.

    And the plaintiff who brought the patent suit should have to pay a fine, of some percentage (plus compensation to the other party), if their patent was egregiously invalid from the very beginning.

  • by Rob Riggs (6418) on Friday July 09, 2010 @11:03PM (#32857878) Homepage Journal
    Yeah -- you mean to tell me those geezers playing with packet radio [] in the '70s and '80s never bothered to push email messages between stations until after these guys files their patents? I find that hard to believe.

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