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

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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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4.5 billion!!??
by arpan on Sat 2nd Nov 2013 16:31 UTC
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I don't get it, why do these companies spend such huge amounts on patents? Google spent 12.5 billion on loss-making Motorola, Apple, Microsoft & others spent 4.5 billion on Nortel patents. HP spent a huge amount on Palm, a large part of that was the patents.

And yet no large lawsuit has come close to a billion dollar payout. Google's 12.5 billion purchase has yielded them very little in terms of offense or defense against patents.

If you spend 4.5 billion and get 2 billion in licencing fees, is that really a successful strategy? Or are they hoping that injunctions etc. will cause more damage to their competitors. From what I've seen, it just seems to require a small feature changed here or there, which barely slows anyone down.

What is the strategy here?

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