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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by kefkathecruel on Sun 3rd Nov 2013 15:32 UTC
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Patent trolls don't produce products based on the patents they hold. Even the most basic of definitions on Wikipedia makes this point. Granted the joint ownership through a third party makes this a grey area.

Even so Apple and Microsoft both manufacture, you know, actual products, whereas Google is a services company.

Add to that Google's baby Motorola has been suing Apple around the world for the last several years AND refusing to license FRAND patents at FRAND rates.

Google had this coming.

Fact is Qualcomm earns four billion a year from patent licenses and their designs are the source of the processors in nearly every single Android phone.


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