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Google Sues Consortium Backed By Apple and Microsoft to Protect Android 150

Posted by Soulskill
from the tis-the-season dept.
A couple months ago, Rockstar, a patent-holding consortium backed by Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Blackberry, and others launched a barrage of infringement suits against Google and the makers of Android devices. Google has now launched a counteroffensive, seeking protection from Rockstar's patent trolling. The complaint (PDF) says, "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." Google's filing also accuses Rockstar of interfering with their business practices by contacting other companies and trying to convince them not to use Android. It asks for a declarative judgment of non-infringement.
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Google Sues Consortium Backed By Apple and Microsoft to Protect Android

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  • by blippo (158203) on Wednesday December 25, 2013 @10:00AM (#45781651)

    Can someone enlightened explain why is Sony in bed with Microsoft and Apple against Google - Sony's only hope for their mobile and tablets division?

    Is it the media and games departments that are fighting a war against their own company?

    As soon as I think that Sony might be doing something right, they shove their heads up their arse again.

  • Re:About time. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Runaway1956 (1322357) on Wednesday December 25, 2013 @10:22AM (#45781713) Homepage Journal

    I care less about how it works in Google's favor, than I care about how it works in OUR FAVOR! In this case, I believe that Google's interest coincides with the "consumer's" interest. Anything to kill patent trolls sounds good to me. I'm aware, however, that the best of laws have those pesky unintended consequences.

    We, the end users, are already paying for illegitimate licensing over a broad spectrum of goods. It's unlikely that killing off patent trolls will do very much to end existing licenses. But, if we can see the beginning of the end of those bastard patent trolls, eventually the market price of consumer goods will start to go down.

    I actually do still favor Google, in general, but some of their practices aren't all that non-evil. I can't cheer the anti-troll legislation just because it seems to favor Google. I support that legislation for the sake of all of us, who aren't even players in the patent game. Ultimately, WE PAY for that nonsense.

  • by nurb432 (527695) on Wednesday December 25, 2013 @10:37AM (#45781777) Homepage Journal

    How is this illegal? It may be a PITA and uncool, but *every* business tries to convince you to not use their competitors products.

    If this flies, what is next, fan boys cant speak either?

    Unless there is true fraud involved ( pay-offs, lying, coercion, etc ) every company should have the right to win customers

  • by Runaway1956 (1322357) on Wednesday December 25, 2013 @10:39AM (#45781783) Homepage Journal

    Do you block Google Analytics, and all their ad servers? Do you block tracking? I'm willing to allow Google some limited data, and I block the rest. So, no, I don't hand over all my personal data. Further, I encourage others (techies and non-techies alike) to block Google's tracking. I don't believe anyone can block it all, but neither do I believe that Google is going to waste time, money, or effort trying to track people who don't cooperate.

  • by fredprado (2569351) on Wednesday December 25, 2013 @10:53AM (#45781833)
    Nobody is a saint in the corporate world, but not all corporations are equally rotten either. In comparison to most Google is still the better guy, and in this specific fight it is in most people's best interest for it to prevail.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 25, 2013 @11:30AM (#45781979)

    Let me invite you to join my protection racket. You're fooling yourself if you think this company was intended to share anything but patent trolling money. The "invitation" did not protect Android OEMs from that (now confirmed) patent trolling.

    Strategic mistake? Go fuck yourself. Google should be suing for collusion.

    Merry Christmas.

  • by fostware (551290) on Wednesday December 25, 2013 @12:01PM (#45782107) Homepage

    Google was invited to join this group, but declined.

    I promised I would never do this but.... citation please.

    I'm not willing to believe it unless you have a source that doesn't reference the same unattributed quote I found in three different news articles...

Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later. -- F. Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"