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[3]: Just a slight difference
by Lorin on Fri 1st Nov 2013 15:49 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Just a slight difference"
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Motorola is more than 80 years old and has patents and other documentation that will show prior art.

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Nelson Member since:

Lol, no it will not. Did you see the patents asserted?

Motorola has a broadly licensed and useless portfolio that had not netted it a single win.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

Google didn't buy all of Motorola's patents. It bought the mobile division and just the patents it had. So it doesn't have the semiconductor patents related to the old cpu chips ( those are owned by the spin off freescale). Nor does it have the cell phone networking patents that ( the networks division is now the major part of what will be left after nokia's phones are bought by MS). Nor does it have any of the other Motorola patents related to the current Motorola solutions company.

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