Skip to comments.NTP wins a patent battle to target Apple, Google and Microsoft (eMail over wireless???)
Posted on 08/02/2011 11:18:03 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
NTP first hit the headlines five years ago after it won a $612.5m judgement against Research In Motion (RIM). Since then the patents in question have been going through appeals due to the fact that they are extraordinarily broad. The patents essentially cover sending email over wireless networks, something that seems so obvious that one wonders what the chap at the USPTO was smoking when granting the patents.
Now that NTP has won another court ruling that effectively validates the seven patents it can go forth with lawsuits against Apple, AT&T, Google, Microsoft, T-Mobile USA, Verizon and Yahoo, or just about everyone of note in the technology industry.
NTP did have one bit of bad news, in that the court ruled that an eighth NTP patent was invalid.
(Excerpt) Read more at theinquirer.net ...
Who is NTP?
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- NTP Inc., a patent holding company without a website, a product, or a listed phone number, is clearly hoping that history repeats itself as it takes on some of the biggest names in the technology universe.
The Arlington, Va.-based firm is trying to squeeze the last possible dollar out of its patents before they expire in 2012. On Friday, NTP said it has sued Apple Inc. /quotes/zigman/68270/quotes/nls/aapl AAPL -1.52% Motorola Inc. /quotes/zigman/3019739/quotes/nls/msi MSI -1.37% , Microsoft Corp. /quotes/zigman/20493/quotes/nls/msft MSFT -0.88% , HTC Inc., LG Electronics and Google Inc. /quotes/zigman/93888/quotes/nls/goog GOOG -1.29% , alleging infringement of its wireless email patents. See NTP lawsuit news here.
Thomas J. Campana, Jr.*********************************************************
|Thomas J. Campana Jr.|
|Born||January 26, 1947|
|Died||8 June 2004|
|Spouse||Maxine Campana, Joletta Campana|
Thomas J. Campana, Jr. (January 26, 1947 - 8 June 2004) was an inventor. He was awarded about 50 US patents in his 30 year career.
His most significant contributions were in the field of push email. He invented and patented a number of new technologies that were later incorporated into Research in Motion's BlackBerry mobile email devices. In 2006, after a protracted legal battle, Research in Motion paid US$612.5 million to license the patents.
In 1990 Campana invented a form of wireless push email and filed the first in a series of patent applications on it. The technology was evaluated by AT&T but later dropped.
Research in Motion developed a similar technology which they incorporated into their BlackBerry devices. The Blackberry devices were commercially successful, but when Campana tried to license his patents to Research in Motion, they refused to pay a fee.
In order to enforce his patents, Campana, along with his attorney, formed a patent holding company, NTP Inc. Campana assigned ownership of the patents to NTP and NTP filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Research in Motion.
In 2006, after a long legal battle, Research in Motion settled the case and paid a $615 million dollars license fee to cover not only their infringement, but the infringement of all of their customers and business affiliates.
Campana died from cancer on 8 June 2004 at age 57, before the Research in Motion case was settled.
Campana also invented a wireless location technology that helps parents find their kids. This new technology received first prize at the 1996 Consumer Electronics Show.
The Campana patents are currently undergoing reexamination in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The patents have been rejected by the patent examiner based on the discovery of previously unknown prior art. NTP has appealed the examiner's rejection to the patent office's Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. The appeal is still pending. By US law, the patents are still presumed valid until all appeals have been exhausted.
NTP has continued to assert the patents against alleged infringers despite the reexamination. On 12 September 2007, they filed patent infringement lawsuits against AT&T, Verizon, Sprint Nextel, and T-Mobile. Most recently, on 8 June 2010, NTP filed patent infringement lawsuits against several smartphone companies such as Apple, Google, LG, and Microsoft. The suits have not been settled at this time.
|Name||Campana, Thomas J.|
|Date of birth||January 26, 1947|
|Place of birth|
|Date of death||8 June 2004|
|Place of death|
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