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NTP lawsuit on cell phone companies put on hold

Patent troll NTP (otherwise described as a patent-licensing company) has had its patent-infringement lawsuit against Sprint Nextel, AT&T, and Verizon put on hold until the Patent Office finishes its review of NTP's patents link here. It was previously determined that those patents, covering wireless e-mail transmission and reception, should not have been issued, but NTP appealed that finding and the review is still underway.

NTP's suit was a desperation measure, given the adverse first review of its patents, but it is still good news that it can't proceed for now because the defendants will incur no further costs for the moment and face no financial pressure to settle with NTP.


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