NTP Strikes Deal with 13 Firms Over E-mail Delivery Patents

Posted by at 12:36 am on July 24, 2012

Patent holding company NTP has announced that it has inked settlement agreements with many of the biggest names in the tech industry. The 13 companies, including wireless carriers AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, and T-Mobile; smartphone manufacturers Apple, HTC, Motorola Mobility, Palm, LG, and Samsung; and e-mail service and software providers Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo.

The settlement brings an end to the ongoing litigation, which focused on eight patents related to e-mail delivery via wireless networks.

NTP has declined to disclose the amount of compensation it is receiving from the 13 companies, though the same patents were asserted in a related lawsuit that eventually led to a $612 million settlement from Research In Motion. It is unclear if the Virginia-based patent holder pushed for the same one-time payout it received from the BlackBerry maker, or if the companies agreed to pay future royalties.

The latest suit started in 2007 with filings against wireless carriers AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. The lawsuits were expanded in 2010, adding additional defendants such as Apple, HTC, LG, Microsoft, Palm, Yahoo, Samsung and Motorola.

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