Google files lawsuit against Apple-led Rockstar Consortium

“In a bid to protect its patents related to Android and partners using the platform, Google Inc. recently filed a lawsuit against Rockstar,” Zacks Equity Research writes for Yahoo Finance. “Google has asked the San Jose court to declare that its Nexus group of devices does not violate any intellectual property of Rockstar.”

“Earlier, Rockstar had accused Google and its partners of infringing seven patents, which it bought from bankrupt Canadian company Nortel in 2012. Rockstar is a consortium formed by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony,” Zack writes. “Rockstar is a patent holding NPE (non-practicing entity). In 2012, Rockstar spent $4.5 billion, of which $2.5 billion came from Apple itself, to buy a number of patents owned by the defunct Nortel.”

“[Rockstar] is filing lawsuit against the likes of Samsung, Asus, HTC and other device makers who use Android platform,” Zack writes. “However, Google’s attempt to save its partners may face procedural headwinds, as in the case of Cisco whose attempt to save its customers from patent violation claims in April this year was overruled by a federal court”

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  1. Google demonstrates not respect for the property rights or the privacy of others. Anyone who trusts Google or uses Google products can not be trusted either, because in a law suite that Google won, it was upheld that anyone who uses, or communicates with anyone else who uses Google’s “free” products has no presumption of privacy.

    People, why are we putting up with this?

    1. I totally agree. That’s why I’m using a cookie control application (called ‘Cookie’) that wipes out all tracking cookies, including Google’s, at my whim or via a timer. There are also add-ons for the various browsers that can prevent such cookies from loading in the first place.

      So bite me Google! My privacy remains intact.

      And there are even more fun things you can do! I’m testing an add-on for Firefox that scrambles your browser identifier in order to stop profiling who we are, despite blocking or deleting tracking cookies. A berzerker’s dream come true! I’m going to have to write up an article about all these toys for Internet privacy.

      1. I’d like to see that, and I think you could be a good blogger when it comes to net security.

        Also a good offense can be part of a defensive strategy. It does not take much to realize that certain organizations are bullies. You’d be amazed at how they react when you bully them back. Nothing like turning on the cameras of all the spies out there without them knowing about it.

        Of course that has to be dealt with in a civilized fashion, don’t want to descend to the uncivilized brute stage and say torture people. No one from the free world respects those who torture.

            1. Yes, there are occasional pro-Apple trolls. I and my fellow troll tramplers frown severely upon such reverse-trolling. When I’ve run into them I’ve consistently scolded them and pointed out that they are being as silly as anti-Apple trolls who come to infest pro-Apple sites. Go hate Apple in your pro-whatever-else site, just as we hate ScamScum here, but don’t go travel to ShamShite sites to troll ShillShaft fanatics.

      2. Yes, I’d be interested in how you get on with “Cookie” too. Perhaps you can pass your info on this to us here at MDN. That would be most useful and helpful. 🙂

        1. I highly recommend ‘Cookie’. The same developer makes a granny-friendly revision called ‘Privatus’ that works fine if all you want to do is kill tracking cookies. The ‘Cookie’ application is more ‘granular’, giving you full control of ALL cookies.

          There is an alternative called ‘Cookie Stumbler’. I did not recommend the first version, which required yearly subscription, which was stupid. However, there is a new version 2 that looks more promising. It is, from what I can tell, NOT as effective at handling all cookies. It does add a fun mapping feature and tosses in some bells and whistles. But it’s not clear whether it is at all cognizant of Flash, Silverlight or web database cookies. I have to give it some testing.

          Meanwhile: Cookie is excellent (with occasional bugs cropping up). Privatus is fine for grannies.

  2. It is “I could not care less”. One can always care less until they care so little they could not care less. How do so many folks not fathom the difference.

    1. Google almost won the bid …. RockStars which is lead by Apple and Microsoft amount others, edged out Google ….

      What is interesting about the suit is Google is doing same with Motorola purchase and Motorola had several failed attempts …..

      Guy who is running RockStar is former head of patent from Nortel and he is just continuing his work from Nortel …..

      Another point … Patents were purchased two years ago, it took two years before a suit was files …. I think RockStar has a treasure trove of patents that will hurt Google ….

      Time will tell ….

      1. And it *should* hurt Google, who thru Android, has taken the attitude that “we’ll just appropriate other companies proprietary tech and wait to see who squeals.” It’s the old, “It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission.”

  3. Friday, December 27, 2013 – 5:32 pm · Reply

    Google confident of beating Apple in race to intelligent devices

    Didn’t gaggle pay 12.5 billion dollars for freaking Moto? At least Apple will get their monies worth.

    Friday, December 27, 2013 – 8:20 pm · Reply
    Yeah, they paid that much money in hopes of being able to have the patents to sue Apple. If you can’t beat them: cheat, lie, steal, or sue them to win. That is Google/Samsung’s business model, also called being evil.

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