Privately-owned patent troll NTP has reached licensing deals with 13 tech and telecom companies:...

Privately-owned patent troll NTP has reached licensing deals with 13 tech and telecom companies: the list includes Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Sprint (S), Google (GOOG), Yahoo (YHOO), and Samsung (SSNLF.PK). Terms haven't been disclosed; NTP reached a $612.5M settlement with Research In Motion in '06.

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  • QuantRec
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    They are only a 'troll' when bigger companies make settlements or get sued. They are not called 'trolls' when MSFT, GOOG, AAPL, and a host of other large companies sue for their property/IP ownership.


    This company like any other has a right to their claims just as much as any other!
    23 Jul 2012, 01:21 PM Reply Like
  • bosco115
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    In my opinion, it is fair to consider a person/company a patent troll if they own the patent, but have no intention of commercializing the idea, but rather try to make revenue by suing or settling with companies that use it.
    23 Jul 2012, 01:43 PM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    Not that I disagree that many of the larger companies have been using patents as weapons and harming the market in similar ways, but I will say that 'troll' mostly refers to an entity that is not producing any products and exists solely to collect income on its patent portfolio.
    23 Jul 2012, 01:54 PM Reply Like
  • QuantRec
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    bosco, if you have done your research NTP did commercialize all of their mobile patents. they were not able to use it in the same ways other companies were, but they still created all of the main systems blackberry was running on.


    it is not NTP's fault that RIMM refused to pay them anything for their work.


    NTP was ripped off and won big. Big companies should not be able to push around smaller and this benefits inventors in the long-run.
    23 Jul 2012, 01:49 PM Reply Like
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