Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 1st Nov 2013 09:34 UTC

A new front opened today in the patent wars between large technology companies, as a consortium that owns thousands of patents from the Nortel bankruptcy auction filed suit against Google and other manufacturers alleging infringement. Rockstar, which is owned jointly by Apple, Blackberry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony, filed suit in US District Court in Texas. In addition to Google, the consortium has alleged infringement by Asus, HTC, Huawei, LG, Pantech, Samsung, and ZTE.


Since then, as recounted by Wired, Rockstar has been devoted to reverse-engineering the patents and looking for evidence of infringement. "Pretty much anybody out there is infringing," John Veschi, the CEO of Rockstar, told the magazine. "It would be hard for me to envision that there are high-tech companies out there that don't use some of the patents in our portfolio."

I told you Apple and Microsoft were patent trolls. They specifically set up a satellite company that owns nothing but patents, with the sole goal of attacking the competition in the courtroom instead of the market. What a bunch of low-life scum.

I'm surprised by Sony there, though. They use Android themselves.

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Technological Feudalism, continued...
by curio on Fri 1st Nov 2013 18:30 UTC
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The continuing saga of technological feudalism, another battle for who (of the top globo-corps) will eventually reign supreme.
This is like a case of McDonalds and Wendys wolf-packing together to gain Burger King's market share, only to later attack each other as well when all their other joint competitors have been litigated into oblivion. Or, to get around the monopoly problem, they create a duopoly like Coke and Pepsi and divide the market equitably from some back room.

It's really hard to side with anyone other than the little guys here, whom they've already effectively eliminated from the equation.

The who-sucks-the-least choices are all that seem to remain.

Consortiums > Cartels > Monopolies/Duopolies.

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