Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Dec 2013 18:19 UTC

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[6]: Rockstar is justified
by themwagency on Fri 27th Dec 2013 20:47 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Rockstar is justified"
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To whom it may concern:

As the owner of the idea for the term "problem," I am writing you this post to inform you that you have 48 hours to complete the payment of the $100,000.00 (one hundred thousand dollars) fee related to your unlicensed use of my intellectual property on the website "" on Friday the 27th of December 2013.

Failure to pay within the stipulated time period will imply further legal action leading to harsher penalties.

Have a nice day.


It has come to my attention that you are in fact NOT the owner of this patent. Had you been I would have justifiably paid you your rightful sum. Because you have presented yourself in a nefarious manor I require that you pay a penalty for the amount with which you hoped to take from me.

Have a nice day.

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RE[7]: Rockstar is justified
by Alfman on Fri 27th Dec 2013 22:09 in reply to "RE[6]: Rockstar is justified"
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"It has come to my attention that you are in fact NOT the owner of this patent. Had you been I would have justifiably paid you your rightful sum."

Obviously tylerdurden was making a point rather than for you to take the threat seriously, however you couldn't just brush off a real case without consequences. You'd at least have to consult real patent lawyers, give them access to the code in question to see what the odds are for your successfully fighting the case. Unlike criminal cases, you are not entitled to free representation in your defense. So realistically speaking, it's may be better for you as a victim of a patent lawsuit to settle anyways if you don't have the time, skills or money to see the case through. Not to mention the negative publicity that ensues... In a sense, settling is "win/win" for everybody, just like paying off the mafia is "win/win" for everybody. It may be the least painful option for the victim; not that this makes it right.

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RE[7]: Rockstar is justified
by tylerdurden on Fri 27th Dec 2013 22:57 in reply to "RE[6]: Rockstar is justified"
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From the obvious pattern in your posts, I wasn't expecting any basic sense of humor from your part.

But thanks for letting us know that what's good for your goose is not for other people's ganders.

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