Saturday, January 28, 2006

Globe and Mail's Recap

The Globe and Mail has a lengthy article on NTP’s background, how it discovered the existence of the BlackBerry, its decision to sue and the resulting legal fight.

The article notes that NTP was formed in 1992 and until a 2001 court filing by RIM in one of its own patent lawsuits bought RIM to NTP’s attention, NTP had done nothing with its patents.

In 1992, Mr. Campana and Mr. Stout agreed to form NTP. The company was never about making things or selling things. It was about protecting potentially valuable ideas, some of which dealt with sending messages to wireless devices. And for nearly a decade, Mr. Campana's patents lay dormant, just waiting for RIM to produce the BlackBerry.

Across the border in Canada, Mr. Lazaridis was also destined to become an inventor. But unlike Mr. Campana, Mr. Lazaridis would surround himself with talented people and figure out early how to make money in the wireless business. Along the way, he would create a Canadian tech success story, with a product that has become to the wireless Internet what the iPod is to music.

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