Google Takes Rockstar To Court Over Nortel Patents
Google has filed a patent lawsuit against Rockstar, the company formed by Apple, Microsoft, and BlackBerry to manage major communications patents bought from Nortel. Google accuses Rockstar of being a patent troll targeting the whole mobile industry. Google is asking the court to specifically declare that its Nexus devices do not infringe, which could set precedent in favor of all manufacturers of Android devices. Rockstar has made patent claims against most major Android players, including Samsung, LG, Huawei, ZTE, HTC, Pantech, and Asus. Rockstar bought the patents in 2012 for $4.5 billion, with $2.5 billion contributed by Apple.
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I thought Rockstar is. . .
Notice which Android OEM is conspicuously missing from the list of the oppressed...
When Apple went to court against Samsung over patent infringement, they trotted out a Nokia Windows Phone as an example of a device that does not infringe on their patents, but they also trotted out... a Sony Android device... as an example of a non-infringing Android device. Yet, everyone else in Android is getting attacked as infringing on something somewhere, whether they are being attacked by Microsoft (HTC), by Apple (Samsung), or by Rockstar (almost everybody). Who gets a pass? Sony. Why?
Oh, wait! Sony IS A PART OF Rockstar! I have suspected for a couple of years now that a strategic game is being played here... that eventually Google will be targeted more directly, and that Android will be ripped from them and place...
Google accuses Rockstar of being a patent troll.