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[7]: Rockstar is justified
by japh on Sat 28th Dec 2013 12:36 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Rockstar is justified"
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Each company associated with rockstar sells a phone...

No they don't. Ericsson is a part of rockstar and they stopped making phones long ago. And Sony... well, they make android phones, so yes.. they sell phones. They do have strange bedfellows though.

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...

Except that Android got its market share before Rockstar existed. When the patents belonged to someone else. Someone who either wasn't a patent troll or just failed to see the opportunity to squeeze money from Android makers (and I would bet, iPhone and WP makers).

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