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[2]: Rockstar is justified
by themwagency on Fri 27th Dec 2013 20:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Rockstar is justified"
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We need to do away with the software patents that inhibit innovation by blocking others from access to key technologies that we're not even allowed to implement ourselves using our *own* resources.

There are costs doing doing business in every industry. Some are larger than others. Debeers is inhibiting OUR industry by buying up all the diamond mines around the world. These are our diamonds and because of their actions it hurts small companies who also want to sell diamonds. Now they have to buy the mines directly from Debeers who sought to buy them first!

Software patents are not about rewarding innovation

In many instances they are. If there is to be any reform it should be in reinforcing the patents that are innovations and doing away with those that are not. It's important to understand that some of these points are highly debatable.

Edited 2013-12-27 20:54 UTC

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