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 Tony Swash on Fri 1st Nov 2013 18:06 UTC in reply to "RE: Just a slight difference"
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The consortium, however, makes no products. They are the patent troll - funded by Apple, Microsoft, and others. This is a common tactic, and it's still patent trolling.

Google were invited to join the Rockstar consortium at the time of the bidding for the Nortel patent portfolio. The purpose of the industry spanning Rockstar consortium, and of the invite to Google, was to remove the Nortel patents from contention. Google declined the invitation. Instead Google decided to seek sole ownership of the patents and bid against the Rockstar consortium using bizarre pi based bid amounts.

Since Google's refusal to join the consortium it has used Motorola as a vehicle to launch legal actions based on SEP/FRAND patent abuse using patents it purchased when it bought Motorola.

Now Google's refusal to join the industry spanning consortium has come back to bite it.

I shed not one tear.

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Of course you don't shed a tear. You're an Apple fanboi.

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cdude Member since:
2008-09-21 has some more acurate background information. Most notable

When the Rockstar Bidco group purchased Nortel’s patents, the U.S. Department of Justice took a look at the deal, as part of a broader investigation into several large technology patent sales. The DoJ was concerned that patent attacks might somehow be used to knock Rockstar’s competitors out of the smartphone or tablet market. But in February, the DoJ closed its investigation, in part because Microsoft and Apple had promised to license many of their core wireless patents under reasonable terms to anyone who needed them.

But the new company — Rockstar Consortium — isn’t bound by the promises that its member companies made, according to Veschi. “We are separate,” he says. “That does not apply to us.”

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