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Old 01-24-2006, 01:44 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Here is some clarification regarding the $450 million.

Licensing deal signed March 16, 2005:

The deal fell apart and RIM asked the court to uphold the agreement.

The court ruled that the agreement was unenforceable.

A good overview from June:

And Forbes take on it from November

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.