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Palm embroiled in patent litigation

Tash Shifrin

Mobile device firm Palm has been hit with a patent lawsuit by NTP, the company that secured a £360m settlement in March from Research In Motion, the maker of the Blackberry device.

NTP claims that Palm has infringed its wireless e-mail technology patents in its Treo, Palm VII, Palm i700 and Tungsten products, and related systems and services.

The intellectual property firm’s lawsuit asks the US courts to bar Palm from “continuing to infringe” its patents and seeks damages for past infringements.

The case could have significant ramifications for Palm users. NTP’s action against RIM included the threat of injunctions that could have brought a shutdown of the US Blackberry network – a move that sparked concern from the US government and other large-scale users of the devices.

NTP said it had tried to make a licensing agreement with Palm, and was now suing as a “last resort”.


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