NTP v. RIM (2000, USA)
- Note: RIM changed its name to BlackBerry in 2013.
NTP, inc. v. Research in Motion, 397 F. Supp. 2d 785 (E.D. Va. 2005), 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 in the phenomenon of investment in 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?)
Related pages on en.swpat.org
- "Patent Lawsuits Involving NPEs Over Time". https://www.patentfreedom.com/research-lot.html. "the now often-cited payment of $612 million in 2006 by NTP in its patent assertion victory over Research in Motion (the supplier of the popular Blackberry device) was a significant – but by no means exceptional – catalyst to the growth in investment in and by NPEs."
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