Apple, Microsoft-backed ‘Rockstar’ makes use of Nortel patents to sue Google, Samsung and others
Early final yr, the “Rockstar” consortium backed by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Sony and Ericsson closed its buy of hundreds of patents beforehand owned by Nortel for $four.5 billion (across the similar time Google, after failing to buy the patents itself, closed a $12 billion deal for Motorola). That transaction cleared the DOJ because the staff agreed to license the tech on “truthful, affordable and non-discriminatory phrases, in addition to their commitments to not search injunctions in disputes involving SEPs.” In response to Reuters, Rockstar — together with one other firm, Netstar — has picked at this time to file a lawsuit towards Google over seven of the patents, reportedly masking the power to match web search phrases to promoting. TechCrunch lists different lawsuits filed towards cellphone producers together with Samsung, LG, ASUS, HTC, Pantech, ZTE and Huawei. All of those corporations construct Android-based mostly units, so it seems that regardless of all the opposite ongoing lawsuits and license agreements, it is time for an additional spherical of patent warfare to start out.