Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Dec 2013 18:19 UTC
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Google has decided to fight back against the Apple and Microsoft-backed patent troll Rockstar. It has filed a lawsuit, asking the court to state that the Android platform does not infringe any of the patents the patent troll is asserting against Android, Google, and Android OEMs. Google describes Rockstar's trolling in no uncertain terms.

Rockstar produces no products and practices no patents. Instead, Rockstar employs a staff of engineers in Ontario, Canada, who examine other companies' successful products to find anything that Rockstar might use to demand and extract licenses to its patents under threat of litigation.

A very interesting tidbit is found further down in the legal documents - Google claims that Rockstar actually contacted companies that use Android, asking them to... Stop using Android.

On information and belief, Rockstar contacted and met with these California-based companies in order to discourage them from continuing to use Google's Android platform in their devices, and to interfere with Google's business relationships.

This Apple and Microsoft shell company is way, way dirtier than we already knew.

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RE[2]: Rockstar is justified
by themwagency on Fri 27th Dec 2013 19:44 UTC in reply to "RE: Rockstar is justified"
themwagency
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2013-03-06

For example this is one of the patents that Google is infringing on "an advertisement machine which provides advertisements to a user searching for desired information within a data network".


They should try to challenge the patent in question rather than the company owning it or the system that governs it.

The fact that Google is trying to negate software patents altogether and going after the company trying to have recognition of their patents says to me that they realize that their entire business model is at risk and has to try and knock everybody down beside them if they have to go down for trying to take what didn't belong to them.

Edited 2013-12-27 19:49 UTC

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RE[3]: Rockstar is justified
by nej_simon on Sat 28th Dec 2013 11:35 in reply to "RE[2]: Rockstar is justified"
nej_simon Member since:
2011-02-11

They should try to challenge the patent in question rather than the company owning it or the system that governs it.


1. Google have the money to challenge a patent but what about any small company? In the patent system the big guy always win.
2. Such broad patents shouldn't be granted in the first place.

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RE[3]: Rockstar is justified
by andydread on Sat 28th Dec 2013 18:31 in reply to "RE[2]: Rockstar is justified"
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2009-02-02

What agency are you working for Burson-Marsteller? among others. I know MS and Apple have hired them to troll forums against Google.

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RE[4]: Rockstar is justified
by Alfman on Sun 29th Dec 2013 05:42 in reply to "RE[3]: Rockstar is justified"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

andydread,

"What agency are you working for Burson-Marsteller? among others. I know MS and Apple have hired them to troll forums against Google."


In this case, it's interesting to note that "themwagency" is actually the domain name of a marketing company:

http://www.themwagency.com/services.html

The domain was registered by a "KELLY MCNEILL", probably the same one who was the editor of osviews.com and appears to have had spats in the past with our very own Thom Holweda:


http://thom-holwerda.blogspot.com/2005/09/explanation.html#comments

In this post I will explain everything about the "dispute" between me and Kelly McNeill, managing editor of osViews.com.

OSNews is anti-Mac

All this started with an email ... in which he claimed that OSNews was deliberately having an anti-Apple stance, and he listed the last four Apple newsitems in a big and bold font. He then listed a few newsitems in that email that should've been posted on OSNews. ...



Sounds familiar!


Thom had this to say some 8 years ago...

And besides all this, it is quite obvious that he is jealous of OSNews' success.

It is also obvious that he is trying to make OSN look bad so he can attract more readers to osV.


Since osviews is no more, you won ;)

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