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[5]: Rockstar is justified
by lemur2 on Sat 28th Dec 2013 06:39 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Rockstar is justified"
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"Believe you can own an idea isn't going to get you very popular around here.

Hence the problem.

Not a bit of it. Patents are supposed to protect methods and not ideas. If you can achieve the same end via a different method then you do NOT infringe on a patent covering another method for doing the exact same thing.

A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a sovereign state to an inventor or their assignee for a limited period of time, in exchange for the public disclosure of the invention. An invention is a solution to a specific technological problem, and may be a product or a process. Patents are a form of intellectual property.

Note in particular that an invention is defined as a (singular) solution to a technical problem, it does not cover all possible solutions to that problem. If Google solves technical problems of smartphone operating systems using different methods (i.e. a different solution) to other operating systems, then Google is not infringing. Android most certainly employs different methods than does iOS and Windows Phone, even though it does solve some of the same technical problems. Pure and simple.

If you don't understand that patents are not meant to confer ownership of ideas, then you have no business commenting upon the matter.

Edited 2013-12-28 06:49 UTC

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