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 lemur2 on Sat 28th Dec 2013 06:48 UTC in reply to "RE: Rockstar is justified"
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I know this is going to sound condescending but oh well. I think anyone who thinks software patents are not something bad on the whole are either naive about the software engineering process or have a vested interest in software patents.

For example this is one of the patents that Google is infringing on "an advertisement machine which provides advertisements to a user searching for desired information within a data network". Patent number 6,098,065. Read the entire patent. It violates the spirit of the patent system if not the very letter of patent law. It is not specific, but intentionally generic to encompass virtually any advertising based on search. There is no specific implementation to reference. The description is a trivial database lookup at best. It is not unique in any way.

The patent system was not invented for people to patent ideas, horde them, and then force people to pay them for owning an idea. Patents are there to protect people who actually invest time and money into making something unique and non-trivial. It was put into place to give people an incentive to invest in new and improved ways of doing things. Software patents do exactly the opposite. They inhibit people from developing and improving systems because an idea contained within them is patented even if it has never been marketed, or even created and never will be. What is the upside to that? Making a bunch of lawyers rich?

Spot on. Exactly. Precisely.

Your entire post is utterly worth repeating. Well said.

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