While RIM is often portrayed as a victim
for having to pay out $612.5 million in the patent infringement lawsuit filed by patent holding firm NTP, what gets less attention is that part of what kicked off NTP's lawsuit was the fact that RIM itself was going around suing pretty much everyone
for patent infringement itself. And, of course, that kicked off all sorts of copycats, such as Visto -- a company that clearly learned the art
of wielding patents against more successful companies from NTP. Visto and RIM ended up in quite
the patent battle, with Visto even claiming that RIM should be shut down
But, in the end, rather than the other way around, it turned out that it was Visto that was found to be infringing on RIM's patents
. At this point, though, hasn't anyone realized how ridiculous it is that there are so many companies claiming to hold patents on some aspect of "wireless email" that no one can enter the space without having a bunch of infringement lawsuits waiting for them? This is not what the patent system was designed for.