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

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.

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RE[5]: Just a slight difference
by Fergy on Fri 1st Nov 2013 10:38 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Just a slight difference"
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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.

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MOS6510 Member since:

I've made no judgement what the patents ware are for, what companies try to accomplish or who is right and who is wrong.

For me it's just another stage or chapter in a long ongoing situation in which every participant has done things someone could/would consider wrong, evil or silly.

The people who make the rules probably are aware that it has become beyond messy, but I don't thing things change overnight and if things are going to change it may take years for any rules are changed or effects are noticed.

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bnolsen Member since:

you can't be serious. software and method patents are outright silly. the outcome of this mess will determine if the patent system will be allowed to be used as a way to set up protection rackets for cartels. if it goes through the end result will be unending political and legal corruption as everyone rushes to get an upper hand over others irrespective of market. customers absolutely lose.

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