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

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[3]: Rockstar is justified
by lemur2 on Mon 30th Dec 2013 06:16 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Rockstar is justified"
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

Uhhhh...you DO know there is a reason why Steve Jobs to his dying breath wanted to "Go nuclear" on Android, yes? Have you seen the before and after iPhone pictures of Android?

Look I really don't care what you think of patents and full disclosure my smartphone is an Android but for Google to claim somebody is trolling when they bold faced stole every idea in Android? That takes some really big brass ones.


Look, I don't care what you think, try to get it through your head that no-one can own ideas. All that you can do is patent methods you use in your inventions.

When Google uses different methods to produce a similar product (Android is based on Linux and Dalvik, which are NOT iOS or java respectively), then Google's product, since it uses different methods to achieve similar ends, does NOT infringe on Apple or Oracle IP.

What on earth is so hard to understand about that?

Get over it already.

Edited 2013-12-30 06:17 UTC

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RE[4]: Rockstar is justified
by bassbeast on Tue 31st Dec 2013 09:02 in reply to "RE[3]: Rockstar is justified"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Except the courts have ALREADY ruled your argument is BS, remember Lindows? Yeah they got busted because even though Linux is not Windows it was obviously a rip off.

You can't copy something and just use different materials, its called counterfeiting and all one has to do is look at the before and after the iPhone pics to see what Google did was bold faced counterfeit the iPhone, from the icons to the form factor to the layout .

Why on earth is that so hard to understand? You aren't allowed to counterfeit, get over it already.

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RE[5]: Rockstar is justified
by vtpoet on Tue 31st Dec 2013 16:32 in reply to "RE[4]: Rockstar is justified"
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2013-12-31

// Yeah they got busted because even though Linux is not Windows it was obviously a rip off. //

According to Wikipedia, that's not exactly what happened. As it turns out, MS repeatedly lost against Lindows and was forced to eventually settle (they bought the Lindows trademark for 20 million). Doesn't sound like Lindows was busted. On the contrary, sounds like MS was busted.

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