When Research In Motion paid $612.5 million to NTP last month to settle their longstanding patent dispute, I said then that this would open the door to more frivolous lawsuits. I hate to say I told 'em so, but...
ITbusiness.ca is running this piece, RIM faces fresh patent fight. Byline is Neil Sutton. Here's what I said:
In March, RIM settled its patent dispute with NTP for US$612.5 million following a lengthy court battle. The two parties had attempted a settlement a year earlier for US$450 million, but the deal fell through.Your turn: Will lawsuits like this damage our ability to innovate?
The fact that RIM did finally agree to a settlement “opened the door for other companies to come out of the woodwork,” said Carmi Levy, an analyst with London, Ont.-based Info-Tech Research.
“It was only a matter of time before the other shoe dropped,” he said. “The NTP case encouraged other companies that felt they owned disputed technology to proceed with cases that stood a better chance of winning.”