Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Dec 2013 18:19 UTC

Google has decided to fight back against the Apple and Microsoft-backed patent troll Rockstar. It has filed a lawsuit, asking the court to state that the Android platform does not infringe any of the patents the patent troll is asserting against Android, Google, and Android OEMs. Google describes Rockstar's trolling in no uncertain terms.

Rockstar produces no products and practices no patents. Instead, Rockstar employs a staff of engineers in Ontario, Canada, who examine other companies' successful products to find anything that Rockstar might use to demand and extract licenses to its patents under threat of litigation.

A very interesting tidbit is found further down in the legal documents - Google claims that Rockstar actually contacted companies that use Android, asking them to... Stop using Android.

On information and belief, Rockstar contacted and met with these California-based companies in order to discourage them from continuing to use Google's Android platform in their devices, and to interfere with Google's business relationships.

This Apple and Microsoft shell company is way, way dirtier than we already knew.

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RE[6]: Rockstar is justified
by themwagency on Fri 27th Dec 2013 19:17 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Rockstar is justified"
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They are dirty cause they don't make 1 single product

Each company associated with rockstar sells a phone and has a vested interest in the recognition of these patents. Rockstar itself doesn't create a product but the companies participating in the rockstar company absolutely do. At best its a grey area but far from the black and white issue presented in the summary.

and are suing a company looking for fee's

I might be wrong about this but I don't think they are looking for fees. I think they don't even want to grant them a license. Assuming I'm wrong though, granting a license for pay to others wanting to use your product is absolutely justified. Again, nothing wrong here.

when they weren't even harmed.

If you build a business using my product and gain customers using a product that you could not otherwise create without my patents... customers that would have otherwise chosen my product were yours not available then yes... then yes I would indeed have been harmed. By that same understanding each of these companies owning Rockstar's patents have also been harmed by the same premise.

On top of that since all this company is, is a patent holding company for android's 2 biggest competitor's, they are nothing more then a proxy in this lawsuit.

2 biggest competitors... (blackberry is also part owner). A proxy company makes it sound as if the company was established solely for litigation purposes rather than being companies interested in owning a share of these patents for their company's individual businesses.

Apple never been able to deal with fact driod has kicked their butt in innovation for years now.

Your opinion

Apple steals tech from other companies refuses to pay for them and when they get sued they cry about abuse of patents while on the other hand they are doing same thing they cry getting used against them.

If/When Apple does and is in the wrong then they should indeed pay. What's your point?

Edited 2013-12-27 19:21 UTC

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