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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by shotsman on Sun 3rd Nov 2013 18:26 UTC
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Hold the Presses

Google to file suit against Microsoft, Apple, every man and his dog for wilfull violation of about a thousand patents.

I know that this is speculation but is it all that unlikely?

Google have (so far) kept their powder dry. I can see a couple of reasons for this suit.

1) to get Google over a barrel and hurt them bad.
2) to get Google to get down off the fence and decide if they want to fight Rockstar or continue to let the likes of Samsung do their battles for them?

I know the above is a generalisation and a simplification but the words 'smoking them out'(them being google) come to mind.

Google should have (IMHO) taken on MS over the claims that MS has over Android several years ago. I am of the opinion that if they had done so, this action might have been avoided.

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by MOS6510 on Sun 3rd Nov 2013 18:34 in reply to "coming soon"
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Or: if they could have, they would have.

It seems the plan was to buy Motorola and sue over SEP/FRAND patents and that didn't work. That move proved to be a (financial) blunder (so far).

If they had other and better options, why not use those instead of wasting 12 billion on Motorola?

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by tonny on Mon 4th Nov 2013 05:17 in reply to "RE: coming soon"
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The move is a blunder because the one suing is google. Contrarily (the one suing is Apple or Microsoft), it will work, I guess. These companies (APPL, MS) are experts in this kind of fields.

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