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Rockstar sues leading mobile companies including Google for patent infringement

Rockstar Consortium filed lawsuits against Google, Samsung, HTC, Huawei and three other companies who are accused of patent infringement.


On Thursday, several lawsuits were filed by Rockstar Group against Google and leading mobile manufacturers. Thousands of Nortel patents are owned by the group after the recent outbid of Google in the Nortel bankruptcy auction. The Nortel patents were purchased by Rockstar for$4.5bn (£2.8bn).

A US district court in Texas sued Samsung Electronics, HTC, Google and four other companies after the lawsuits were filed by Rockstar which is jointly owned by Microsoft, Apple, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony. About seven patents were infringed by Google which uses a technology that allows matching of search terms with advertisers, the lawsuit said.               

A Google’s spokesman refused to comment and representatives of Rockstar, HTC, Huawei and Samsung couldn’t be reached at the particular time. The mobile manufacturing companies which were sued use Google’s Android OS which is in competion with Apple and Microsoft products.

Though Google placed a $900m bid for Nortel’s patents initially, it was outbid after the company’s $4.4bn bid in 2011.

“Despite losing in its attempt to acquire patents-in-suit at auction, Google has infringed and continues to infringe,” the lawsuit said.

In the complaint, Rockstar has claimed that Google had engaged in willful patent infringement and hence sought increased damages against the company.

Rockstar is an organization formed by the companies including Microsoft, Apple, Sony, BlackBerry and Erricson.

[Via] Thanks to Samuel Faid

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  1. I really think that Laura Brown needs to do a bit more research before she wrote this article, because it's not Rockstar games who are filing the lawsuit, it's Rockstar Consortium, who are two completely separate companies, that have nothing in common except the name. Rockstar consortium is made up of 5 companies: Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Ericsson and Blackberry

  2. And I guess, article has been edited with a Thanks left for you.

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