Never heard of NTP before? Well, that’s probably because there is no good reason to be aware of them, other than their obsession with litigations. NTP was founded by late Thomas Campana Jr., who amassed more than 50 patents for his contributions towards wireless email.
NTP first came into prominence when it sued Research in Motion (RIM), the manufacturer of Blackberry handsets. That lawsuit ultimately fetched it a $612 million settlement in 2006. Now, NTP is gunning for Apple, Google, HTC, LG, Microsoft and Motorola.
NTP is claiming that the aforementioned companies violate eight patents pertaining to wireless push email technology. Donald E. Stout, NTP’s co-founder, 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.”
NTP is obviously looking for a big payout. However, it has chosen to take on the giants in the mobile space. The legal battle is going to be an arduous and long drawn out one. Don’t expect a settlement or a verdict anytime soon.