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: Comment by Nelson
by Alfman on Sat 2nd Nov 2013 22:05 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson "
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"Google can end this if they want. Just buy BBRY for 4-5 billion."

I suspect google could afford to buy a larger patent arsenal that would help them in court against opponents. However I doubt many of us would think that that would be the end of it. Patent litigation is an endless cycle that perpetually continues to escalate, with more and more wasteful spending for no good reason other than to ensure the next company can't obliterate you in the courtroom.

The laws are absolutely to blame for this, and in turn so are the corporations who bought them. Meanwhile the lawyers are loving all of it.

"They'll pay one way or another."

True enough.

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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Sat 2nd Nov 2013 22:15 in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson "
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I suspect Google felt that way when they bought Moto, but as they've learned not all patents are made the same.

They paid over twice as much for a useless trove of patents.

I don't think the laws will change anytime soon, so in the meantime they have to play ball intelligently.

BTW the reason I suggested buying BBRY is because they're a consortium member, so it'd grant Google a license.

Edited 2013-11-02 22:15 UTC

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