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: Unusual allies
by Stephen! on Fri 1st Nov 2013 16:50 UTC in reply to "Unusual allies"
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I find very interesting the Apple and MS unite to fight Android. I never thought I would see them together to do anything.

Or it's potentially a lose-lose situation for Apple either way. If Android continues to gain marketshare, Apple loses. If Apple helps Microsoft destroy Android, Windows Phone marketshare increases to fill the vacuum left by Android and Apple still loses.

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RE[2]: Unusual allies
by bnolsen on Fri 1st Nov 2013 23:48 in reply to "RE: Unusual allies"
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likely apple does want it both ways. they would love to cripple android and get a cut of the extortion revenue at the same time. They probably feel like they can deal with MS since they've already been playing that game.

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