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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Tony Swash
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Nice spinning.

Apple and Microsoft started the patent war versus Android.

Nice spin on the history of IP legal actions around smart phones.

Motorola sued Apple first, as did Nokia.

Full legal action chronology is here

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Tony Swash Member since:

Also worth adding that an Android vendor, Sony, is part of the Rockstar consortium.

Pitching this as a battle between Microsoft, Apple and Android is a false polarisation. What this is about is the failure of Google's IP strategy around Android (which was of course of to render all other companies IP literally worthless whilst preserving the value of Google's own IP and off loading all the risks onto the Android OEMs).

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balaknair Member since:

Sony is part of the consortium, yes (~10% ownership). Hurting Android could hurt them in the long term, but could pay dividends in the short term.

If Samsung, HTC, ASUS, LG, Huawei, ZTE and Motorola all took a hit with their Android phones, the only major Android smartphone OEM in the clear would be Sony. Driving up costs and/or spreading some FUD among your competition, can make things a little better for Sony, at least in the short term.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

Uhm, no. The first action against Android:

"Apple sues HTC over 10 patents and files an ITC complaint against HTC over 10 other patents."

Nice try, Mr. Spin.

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