Microsoft, Apple-Backed Rockstar Consortium Sues Google Over Nortel’s Patents

Rockstar Consortium

Another huge patent war is going to start soon. Rockstar consortium which is jointly owned by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony has sued Samsung, Huawei, HTC and Google for patent infringement in U.S. District Court in Texas. Rockstar consortium was formed by Microsoft, Apple and others after they won the Nortel’s patents in a bidding for $4.5 billion.

Google is accused of infringing seven patents. The patents cover technology that helps match Internet search terms with relevant advertising, the lawsuit said, which is the core of Google’s search business.

In fact, Google tried its hand in bidding to buy Nortel’s patents but they eventually lost of Rockstar consortium. The lawsuit points out that, “Despite losing in its attempt to acquire the patents-in-suit at auction, Google has infringed and continues to infringe,”.

Apple and Microsoft are already fighting patent battles against various Android OEMs in the courts. But this is the first time, they have sued Google directly.

Source: Reuters

  • NStyle

    We knew this was coming.

  • Sugadevan

    Something BIG is going to happen..

    • Bugbog

      Nah. The real “surprise” will come when Google loses it’s copyright lawsuit with Oracle. The the real Fun will begin! :)

      • techieg

        I thought MS already sued Google directly over Android, being the source of it all. I saw the article here too.

        • Bugbog

          Nope! MS never sued Google directly, only the OEM’s. The only current direct suit against between Microsoft and Google was when Microsoft was trying to get Map info from Motorola’s lawyers but they claimed ignorance, so MS had to include Google in the suit.

      • GetEdumated

        I thought that lawsuit was thrown out: Do you have a source on any new information?

        • Bugbog

          It’s kind of a mess. The Judge refused to rule outright on the copyright issue (where Google DID copy 40K lines of Java API code and changed the headers with their own, then placed them in Android). The jury found them guilty of minor infringement on 8 lines of code for something else, but was unable to reach a verdict on the API copying.

          So, in short, it’s currently in Appeal/re-trial and should be concluded by next year. But the trial has serious implications on the future of software (or even literature):

          It is currently accepted that you can’t copyright words, but you can get copyright protection for a body of words/work, as they contribute to a specific whole, that’s why you can create something similar, but not use an actual copy of the same thing.
          If it is judged that Google can get away with wholesale copying of such work, with no repercussions? Then it will be open season across the whole industry!

    • Duk3togo

      That is what she said lol… Sorry sorry it was just calling me to do that…

  • deathdealer351

    Google is an OEM now so they are open fodder no longer can they say we just put it out there no one has to use it

  • donzebe

    It’s time for Google to understand the game. No more disruption for greedy self interest.

  • SategB

    The good new is while we can’t get any meaningful traction with Window Phone, Microsoft still can make $$$$ out of the segment from licensing. Even better get some value out of the division when we sale it off

    • Sugadevan

      “we can’t get any meaningful traction with Window Phone” You need reality checks with recent charts.. (I mean even trolls need to stay updated)

      “get some value out of the division when we sale it off” Oh boy never go full retard 😀 try something better!
      I know if you are google fanboy its hard to digest but WP is going to rule against all odds! WP is the next xbox for MS.. wait and watch the play!

      • SategB

        Even Paul Allen has embraced my advice to sell off consumer divisions.

        The time has come to clean up this cluster of distractions, I am sorry if that thought frightens your fanboy ego but grown-ups see it as true.

        • nohone

          First you claim that you personally know Ballmer, and now Allen endorses ***your*** advice? Delusions of grandeur on display for all to see.

          • SategB

            The only one here not is not dealing in reality is you little one:
            Try googling Paul Allen google news

          • nohone

            So you are an advisor to Paul Allen, and personally know Ballmer? These have been your claims over the past few months, so I just want a definitive yes or no.

          • SategB

            The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.

          • nohone

            Divert, distract, deceive. That is all you can do.

          • SategB

            Can not decide if your malice or ignorance…but if one was to push me I would be leaning towards the latter.

          • Guest

            While your post are intelligent and insightful, your are being a bit harsh towards nohone. Understand he likely just a pimply little guy who likes playing on his xBox when he is not dreaming about that cute girl in high school math class.

            Some day he will look back and see how naive and silly he was, we was all young and dumb at his age

    • Rikkirik

      Did you not hear that WP has grown 280% between Q3 2013 and Q3 2012, the fastest growing smartphone of all. Get your fact right befor you write BS.

      • SategB

        Referring to Windows Phones growth is a abuse of math.

        • Guest


  • Rikkirik

    Google has already stolen parts of android and chrome software technology. That’s why 99% of all OEM’s are paying Microsoft licensing fees for these technologies. So it would not suprise me if their search technology was also stolen. Google’s empire is built on sand and the foundation is weak. The empire will soon come crumbling down. It’s already more than 16 BILLION lossmaking investment in Motorola has not paid off untill now, since Google could not protect it’s partners from Microsoft and Moto is still writing losses. Now Google has a second chance to prove the worth of their Moto patent portfolio. But personally I would not put a lot of trust in them.