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NTP Comes Back for More, Sues 4 Wireless Carriers

September 14, 2007 in Wireless Industry News

Lawsuit-happy patent-holding company NTP, just cooling off its heels after a big $519 million dollar win over Research in Motion (RIM), has found four fresh new targets: wireless carriers.

The carriers are of course the four biggest players in the industry – AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, and Deutche Telekom (T-mobile).

NTP almost put RIM, maker of the popular Blackberry, out of business.

NTP almost put RIM, maker of the popular Blackberry, out of business.

According to NTP, eight patents held by the company are being infringed by the major wireless carriers.

The patents were actually granted to a guy named Thomas Campana, who later transferred them to NTP. Unfortunately, Mr. Campana is also dead now, which doesn’t seem to have any effect on the lawsuit.

NTP has done extremely well for itself considering it doesn’t manufacture, design, or otherwise create any product. The company just holds patents, and apparently patents have a lot of clout – NTP has cemented licensing deals with Nokia, Visto Corp., and Good Technology. Factor in that $519 mil settlement with RIM and you’ve got a moneymaker on your hands.

NTP Sues Wireless Carriers Over Patents – AP

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