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

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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: Just a slight difference
by Deviate_X on Fri 1st Nov 2013 12:57 UTC in reply to "Just a slight difference"
Deviate_X
Member since:
2005-07-11

Lets not forget history: Google was invited to join the group, but instead tried to buy the patents for themselves alone (remember them bidding PI http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110701/23392814939/google-tried-...).

This was simply error of business on the part of Google, sulking about being pressured into a consortium with Microsoft and Apple.

http://cdn.macnn.com/news/1108/microsoft-patentletterlg.jpg

Edited 2013-11-01 13:08 UTC

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RE[2]: Just a slight difference
by Nelson on Fri 1st Nov 2013 13:47 in reply to "RE: Just a slight difference"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

They wouldn't pay more than $4.4 billion for Nortel's patent arsenal but wasted $12 billion on Motorola for broadly licensed or FRAND patents.

Amateur hour at Mountain View.

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Lorin Member since:
2010-04-06

Motorola is more than 80 years old and has patents and other documentation that will show prior art.

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RE[2]: Just a slight difference
by tkeith on Fri 1st Nov 2013 15:46 in reply to "RE: Just a slight difference"
tkeith Member since:
2010-09-01

You're either naive or not getting the full story. The group was setup with the intent to use the patents as a weapon. Google has publicly stated that they don't think patents should be used offensively. So why would they join a group created to do just that?

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