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[3]: Rockstar is justified
by nej_simon on Sat 28th Dec 2013 11:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Rockstar is justified"
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They should try to challenge the patent in question rather than the company owning it or the system that governs it.

1. Google have the money to challenge a patent but what about any small company? In the patent system the big guy always win.
2. Such broad patents shouldn't be granted in the first place.

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