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[2]: Just a slight difference
by tkeith on Fri 1st Nov 2013 15:46 UTC in reply to "RE: Just a slight difference"
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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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Can you show some evidence that it was set up for that?

It is a company that has no products, but only patents. They are now attacking with those patents. On top of that, the company itself has admitted that its only job is to reverse-engineer other people's products to see if they infringe, adding that according to them, every technology company infringes upon them.

So yes, they have been set up with the sole purpose of patent trolling, and Apple, Microsoft, and Sony are complicit in it. I know you somehow manage to simply ignore anything that doesn't fit into your view of Apple as God's Gift To The World, but it will be hard for you to get rid of this one - but I'm sure you'll amuse us with your attempts.

How does that fit with Google's Motorola division using SEP/FRAND patents offensively?

Those attacks - which are fucking lame and just as bad - started before Google bought Motorola. Doesn't make them any less of a group of assholes for continuing them.

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