Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 1st Nov 2013 09:34 UTC
Legal

A new front opened today in the patent wars between large technology companies, as a consortium that owns thousands of patents from the Nortel bankruptcy auction filed suit against Google and other manufacturers alleging infringement. Rockstar, which is owned jointly by Apple, Blackberry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony, filed suit in US District Court in Texas. In addition to Google, the consortium has alleged infringement by Asus, HTC, Huawei, LG, Pantech, Samsung, and ZTE.

[...]

Since then, as recounted by Wired, Rockstar has been devoted to reverse-engineering the patents and looking for evidence of infringement. "Pretty much anybody out there is infringing," John Veschi, the CEO of Rockstar, told the magazine. "It would be hard for me to envision that there are high-tech companies out there that don't use some of the patents in our portfolio."

I told you Apple and Microsoft were patent trolls. They specifically set up a satellite company that owns nothing but patents, with the sole goal of attacking the competition in the courtroom instead of the market. What a bunch of low-life scum.

I'm surprised by Sony there, though. They use Android themselves.

Thread beginning with comment 575924
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[3]: Just a slight difference
by Fergy on Fri 1st Nov 2013 10:17 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Just a slight difference"
Fergy
Member since:
2006-04-10

It's a common tactic: outsourcing.

All these companies have outsourced the patent investigation and legal actions to a single company.

That is a really positive spin on this horrible story.

Reply Parent Score: 9

MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I think it's just a factual view of just another stage in a patent war that has been going on for as long most can remember.

As in real life wars there are no good and bad guys or clean and dirty sides anymore.

Reply Parent Score: 0

Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

I think it's just a factual view of just another stage in a patent war that has been going on for as long most can remember.

As in real life wars there are no good and bad guys or clean and dirty sides anymore.

I disagree. These patent wars are not to defend the work those companies have done. They are destroying the market so that their platform comes on top.

These patents are not for useful inventions that change the world like the paperclip. They are for simple ideas that hundreds of people have had before it was even patented.

Reply Parent Score: 9