NTP Files Patent Lawsuit Against Palm
NTP today announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Palm, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. NTP, Inc. is the company that recently forced RIM into a $612 million dollar settlement over similar patent claims earlier this year.
In its complaint, NTP asserts that Palm's products, services, systems and processes infringe NTP's patents. The complaint seeks injunctive relief to prevent Palm from continuing to infringe on NTP's patents directly and indirectly. In addition, the complaint seeks the recovery of monetary damages resulting from Palm's past direct and indirect infringement of these patents.
The complaint concerns Palm's manufacture, use, sale, offer for sale, and/or importation into the U.S. of infringing products, methods, processes, services and systems that are primarily used or primarily adapted for use in electronic mail systems with radio frequency (RF) communications to mobile processors and related services, and methods.
Donald E. Stout, NTP's co-founder, said, "We have attempted -- on numerous occasions -- to resolve this issue with Palm without resorting to litigation that is both time consuming and costly. Despite our efforts, Palm has chosen to continue to unlawfully infringe on our patents. Though we would still prefer to resolve this issue with Palm in a negotiated license agreement that is fair and reasonable to both parties, we are filing action today as a last resort to protect our valuable intellectual property."
NTP, Inc. is an intellectual property firm based in Richmond, VA. The privately-held firm holds numerous patents and was co-founded in 1992 by the late inventor Thomas Campana, Jr. and attorney Donald Stout. Among NTP's library of patents are those pertaining to technologies involving wireless email that Mr. Campana developed as lead inventor in 1990. NTP currently has license agreements with Good Technology, Inc., Nokia, Research In Motion, and Visto Corporation.