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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by slashdev on Fri 1st Nov 2013 18:06 UTC
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Two of the 4 companies use android, Sony and Blackberry (Blackberry has an android compatibility layer built into BB10...during the beta it even ran the google market place....most android functions have been ported)

Strange bedfellows indeed.

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RE: Interesting
by Nelson on Fri 1st Nov 2013 19:11 in reply to "Interesting"
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Why is it surprising anyone? Sony was part of the consortium.

Plus this gives them a decent one up on the non licensed Android OEMs.

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