NTP v. RIM (2000, USA)
NTP, inc. v. Research in Motion is a famous example of a patent troll (NTP) winning an out of court settlement of US$612 million from the company that makes Blackberry smartphones.
NTP first requested patent royalties in 2000. RIM settled in 2006. This case was a landmark among patent trolls and may be part of the reason for the explosion of phone patent litigation which begun in early 2010.
(Can you help? IIRC, this wasn't a software patent. Right?)
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