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Microsoft, Apple, BlackBerry, Sony and Ericsson Declare Patent War on Google, Samsung, HTC and Huawei


The patent consortium that bought Nortel’s patents for $4.5 million, Rockstar, have just declared war on Google, Samsung, HTC and Huawei. The Rockstar consortium is owned jointly by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony. They have just accused Google of infringing on seven patents that “help match internet search terms with relevant advertising.” Essentially that is Google’s search business model so they are going for the jugular on this one. Its odd to see BlackBerry anywhere near the side of the patent trolls but it could be that they were dragged along for the ride.

Either way this should be interesting. They are claiming that Google’s patent infringement is willful since Google attempted to purchase the Nortel patents and when they lost they continued to violate them. This has the chance to get very ugly…

via Reuters

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  1. What is it they use to say in this cases… something about “got real”?… :p

  2. Ronen, I think lumping BlackBerry into the disgusting habit of patent trolling is unfair! Protecting your patents is protecting your business turf, and it is certainly not the same as trolling! In fact, it is daily business for the legal folks at BlackBerry and all other companies who deal in the business of proprietary information and technology – this is why firms get patents. Most of the time, a legal notice is all that is needed. We only hear of issues in the media when a lawsuit is filed – in other words, the legal notice was ignored.

    I do agree that judges do not understand technology so the process of applying for and gaining patents needs to change. Judges cannot simply be giving out patents that are vaguely described on paper – such as ‘pushing email over a wireless network’.

    Companies have every right to protect patents. However, when companies are purchased solely for their patents and the purchasing company has no real products themselves that they need to protect, then I have issues – this is trolling!

    Of course, we also have some ridiculous lawsuits such as the one Kodak was trying to stick to Apple and BlackBerry (was called RIM then) on “digital image preview technology”. This went on for more than 2 years in the courts. Imagine the drain on BlackBerry having to fight this – and many other such lawsuits – over the last 5 years alone.

    BlackBerry has never been known to be greedy, so I support your thoughts that they were probably dragged into this lawsuit by the other larger companies. However, a troll they’re not.

  3. 1,2,3,4 I declare a patent war; 3,4,5,6 Apple is up to it’s old I clone tricks.

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