Patent Troll Files Lawsut Against Google, Apple, HTC, LG, Motorola, and Microsoft

A company called NTP who is best known for extracting $612.5 million from Research In Motion back in 2006 is at it again. They’re suing Google, Apple, HTC, LG, Motorola, and Microsoft for patent infringement:

“The filing of suit today is necessary to ensure that those companies who are infringing NTP’s patents will be required to pay a licensing fee,” Mr. Stout continued.  “In view of the USPTO Board’s ruling, the debate over whether Mr. Campana was an originator in the field of wireless email is over.  No patents in U.S. history have received as much scrutiny as NTP’s patents.  We are delighted that the USPTO Board has recognized the groundbreaking innovation of Mr. Campana by confirming 67 of NTP’s patent claims.  We are also confident that the USPTO’s rejections, which are on appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, will be overturned.”

The thing is NTP is generally regarded as a patent troll as they have also filed lawsuits against Palm, AT&T, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless among others that make similar claims. Not to mention that their only assets are 50 or so patents that relate to wireless email and RF Antenna design. I hate companies like NTP as all they do is sit on technologies and don’t even develop them. They just wait for companies to infringe and then attack them. The result of this is that this chills innovation. I really hope that they get what’s coming to them, which would be nothing.

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