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MSFT, Apple, HTC, Google, LG, Moto ALL Get Sued

If the name NTP sounds familiar, it's probably because the company sued RIM about ten years back and, after a lengthy legal battle, won a $612 million settlement from the Canadian smartphone company. That little legal melee was the result of RIM's infringement on wireless email patents owned by NTP. The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia found that RIM had willfully infringed on NTP's patents and in the process, had cost the company about $30 million. Things went back and forth with appeals and the like for about five or six years until RIM and NTP settled the matter themselves.

Now, the smartphone market is a lot more than RIM these days, and with every Joe and Jane accessing wireless email, NTP has found reason to complain. The company this week filed suit against six major players in the smartphone market for patent infringement relating to wireless email.

Filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the lawsuit involves some really huge names, so you can imagine how messy it's going to get. Engadget's Nilay Patel points out the fact that Apple and Microsoft are completely fine with cross licensing and cooperating in the patent space. Throw in Google, HTC, Motorola and LG and you've got a mighty fine legal battle on your hands.

Full press release on the suit here.

  • house70
    cmon, this will never fly. Everything will settle as the best case scenario.
    Otherwise, it will be just thrown out as being a ridiculous case.
  • Tmanishere
    every Joe and Jane accessing wireless email

    I see what you did there.
  • hunter315
    With that many lawyers going against them they dont really stand a chance. Im also curious how their patent is directly infringed on by a smart phone and not by someone on a laptop checking their email over wifi.
  • Chadh25
    NTP is a Bleeping Patent troll.. Personally I think NTP stepped in it deep up to the nose with this lawsuit. The perfect analogy sounds a bit like this. "never bring a knife(NTP) to a gun fight(everyone else)" RIM didn't loose they where just tired of throwing money away and instead of continuing to take a loss they Settled.. they didn't say they did it but apparently NTP had enough evidence to prove they could have.... NTP is a Troll I hope Apple and Microsoft Join together and take a Page out of the Mafia book and takes them out back...and Bleeps them
  • tainted_peak
    People impeding progress....I feel like if intellectual property was equal or mutualistic we would of found the cure for aids/cancer/solved world hunger but alas legal system hold us back.
  • NoCaDrummer
    So if I access my email account, using my computer, which happens to have a wireless internet card, that's infringing, right? It would be "wireless email."
    Sometimes the patent system is SO incredibly FUBAR'd I wonder what troglodytes must be issuing patents. Wasn't "the test" supposed to include the idea that it was "non-obvious"?
  • Hupiscratch
    Tell me when appears that NTP is owned by Rambus.
  • micr0be
    this sounds like a lawsuit tournament! ... FINISH THEM!
  • now if apple would just let microsoft have multi-touch they could have a windows pad
  • orionantares
    I liked the Washington Post suggestions, the six of them should just collectively buy NTP and then dissolve the company and release the patents into public domain.