Arlington, Va. – NTP, a patent holding company best known
for its protracted legal battle with Blackberry-maker Research In Motion, said
on Friday that it has filed new suits against Apple, Google, HTC, LG
Electronics, Microsoft and Motorola for allegedly infringing on eight of its
patents relating to wireless email.
Each of the defendants makes either devices
or software used in the delivery of wireless email — a technology heavily
patented by the late Tom Campana, NTP’s co-founder.
litigation is our only means of ensuring the inventor of the fundamental
technology on which wireless email is based, Tom Campana, and NTP shareholders
are recognized, and are fairly and reasonably compensated," said
co-founder Donald Stout.
The suits, filed in federal court in Richmond, Virginia, seeks
an unspecified amount of damages and licensing fees.
The news comes four years
after Research In Motion (RIM) paid NTP $612.5 to settle similar claims. NTP
now holds licensing deals with RIM, as well as Good Technology, Nokia and