Here is some clarification regarding the $450 million.
Licensing deal signed March 16, 2005: http://www.wirelessweek.com/article/CA523502.html http://www.geek.com/news/geeknews/20...0317029634.htm
The deal fell apart and RIM asked the court to uphold the agreement. http://www.wirelessweek.com/article/CA607450.html
The court ruled that the agreement was unenforceable. http://www.engadget.com/2005/11/30/r...ruled-invalid/
A good overview from June: http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1035_22-5765510.html?tag=nl
And Forbes take on it from November http://www.forbes.com/technology/per..._1130rimm.html
One side bit of info... for patent licenseing, average licensing of patent portfolios (not just single patents) is in the neighborhood of ~0.5%. NTP is asking for more than ten times that ammount. Good and Visto both licensed the patents from NTP. I don't know the total costs for their agreements, but I do know that stock was given as well. (Do your own searches for their agreements)
Also, RIM does keep all of their press releases including those on the NTP case. http://www.rim.com/news/press/index.shtml