NTP’s previous spin was to play the nice guy by coming out with press releases stating that they will allow 30-day warning before cutting off Blackberry service, allowing government officials to still use their Blackberry, and allowing RIM to settle for 5.7%. Obviously that didn’t work, because everyone could see NTP for what it really is – a patent troll company. Now NTP is trying to spin itself by being the victim. NTP Inc. alleges its business has suffered “substantial harm” because of Research In Motion Ltd.’s refusal to settle a patent infringement case it lost against the company more than three years ago.
The small, Virginia-based patent holding firm said in court documents that other companies have refused to negotiate royalty licences from it because RIM, “the 900-pound gorilla in the wireless e-mail industry,” continues to willfully infringe on NTP technology.
NTP accused RIM yesterday of “free riding” on its intellectual property, and in a court filing it restated its call for an injunction on RIM’s BlackBerry wireless e-mail service in the United States.