NTP, one of the most famous patent trolls ever, who nearly managed to bring RIM to its knees and finally managed to squeeze more that $600 million out of the Blackberry business in 2006 is at it again, claiming to own mobile e-mail in all its forms.
The company names almost everyone, including Microsoft, HTC, LG, Apple, Google and Motorola, claiming they are illegally using NTPâ€™s patented technology.
The US Patent Officeâ€™s board of appeals have already ruled that 67 of NTPâ€™s patent claims in four patents were valid, including three claims that R.I.M. was found to have infringed.
â€œEvery infringer is now on notice,â€ said Ron Epstein, counsel to NTP. â€œThey are going to have to deal with this instead of trying to wait it out.â€
That may however still be the best strategy, with the patent holderâ€™s key patents said to expire in 2012, and increasingly most companies crafting their technology specifically to circumvent NTPâ€™s patents.
Read more at NY Times here.