A patent troll has sued Apple, Google, HTC, LG, Microsoft and Motorola over various wireless email delivery patents. What makes this case different is that the plaintiff is Virginia-based NPT, Inc., best known for securing a $612M settlement from Blackberry manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM).
The Service Provider Lawsuit
NPT previously sued wireless service providers AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint Nextel and Verizon. The court put the wireless service provider litigation on hold, pending accelerated reexamination of NPT’s patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, a lawyer for NTP has stated “NTP is always open to talks to reasonable licensing terms.” Given NPT’s track record and nearly bottomless war chest, a “reasonable” figure for settling this most recent case could be north of ten figures. This is certainly one to watch.