NTP settles e-mail patent suit with Google, Apple, Microsoft and others | Mobile – CNET News

NTP settles e-mail patent suit with Google, Apple, Microsoft and others | Mobile – CNET News.

While the details of the settlement have not been made public, it appears likely that the value of the settlement is significant, given the fact that RIM’s settlement with NTP over the same patents a few short years ago was worth over $600M.

IT is worth noting that NTP is not a garden variety NPE/Troll. NTP’s founder, Thomas Campana, actually developed the e-mail technology which forms the basis of the patent litigation back in 1991.

It will be interesting to see what NTP does with its increasing riches. Will it invest in technology or will it be drawn into the role of the NPE/Troll. Only time will tell.

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