Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd Nov 2013 17:24 UTC

Apple, Microsoft, and others, a little over a month ago in a letter to the EU, warning that the EU's new proposed unified patent law could lead to more patent trolling:

To mitigate the potential for abuses of such power, courts should be guided by principles set forth in the rules of procedure to assess proportionality prior to granting injunctions. And PAEs should not be allowed to use injunctions for the sole purpose of extracting excessive royalties from operating companies that fear business disruption.


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.

They're not just scumbags - they are lying scumbags.

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RE[3]: You forgot Google
by Alfman on Sat 2nd Nov 2013 20:09 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: You forgot Google"
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Give Thom a break already, he's stated very recently that he's no fan of google for allowing motorola patent offensives to continue.

I'm not a fan of the google corporation, but keep it in perspective. Insofar as these patent lawsuits go, frankly google doesn't hold a candle to the other corps with flamethrowers and the legal machines designed to inflict the most damage to others.

Edited 2013-11-02 20:20 UTC

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RE[4]: You forgot Google
by Shadowself on Sat 2nd Nov 2013 23:31 in reply to "RE[3]: You forgot Google"
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I think you need to do a little research. Last year one of the major business magazines (I don't recall which one at the moment) did a bit of in depth research on all these "high tech lawsuits' with regard to Apple.

What they found was that over 60% of the time Apple was the company GETTING sued. Over 15% of the time (a large fraction of that remaining 40%) Apple was just counter suing. It was less than 20% of the time that Apple sued first!

Now, admittedly, that was as of late summer 2012, but the pattern has unlikely changed dramatically in the last year.

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RE[5]: You forgot Google
by Alfman on Sun 3rd Nov 2013 03:29 in reply to "RE[4]: You forgot Google"
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You should find the citation your referring to, however even taking your recollected figures at face value doesn't say anything about how apple compares to google or ms or anybody else.

I suspect the raw numbers would show that all the big players are being sued more than they sue themselves, simply because there are more IP holding companies who want to sue them than visa versa. But at the end of the day it certainly doesn't excuse any of their behaviors.

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