As if Cupertino didn’t have enough to deal with already, NTP Incorporated has decided to take a swing at Apple, as well as Google, Microsoft, HTC, LG and Motorola. The company, back in 2006, successfully won just over $612m in a legal case against BlackBerry.
In a press release on Friday, it stated that a lawsuit had been filed in Virginia, in a U.S District court. Allegedly the patent covers how e-mail is sent over wireless networks/carriers.
The founder of NTP said: “Use of NTP’s intellectual property without a license is just plain unfair to NTP and its licensees. Unfortunately, litigation is our only means of ensuring the inventor of the fundamental technology on which wireless e-mail is based, Tom Campana, and NTP shareholders are recognized, and are fairly and reasonably compensated for their innovative work and investment. We took the necessary action to protect our intellectual property.”
It seems as though this company has a history of legal action against, well, pretty much everybody. The claims are not always successful. Past attempts include AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-mobile in 2007. Palm have also felt the uncomfortable prod of legal action from NTP in 2006.