The patent war is still in its full form, and this time the search engine giant Google is on one side fighting hardly to protect their partners and Nexus devices from the Rockstar. For those who are new to Rockstar, let me explain, Rockstar is a patent trolling company, owned by the big wheels in the tech world like Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry and Sony.
Rockstar controls more than 6,000 patents that their parent companies like Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry acquired from the bankrupt Nortel networks last year. Back in October Rockstar hit their first arrow against Google and their hardware partners, by filing a patent infringement suit in the Texas. According to the new rise in the tech world, Rockstar, many of Google’s OEM partners infringed several of their patents. Specifically some common smartphone features like data connection sharing “mobile hotspot functionality,” “Messaging and Notification.”
Now Google hit back by filing another suit against Rockstar. In their complaint Google says that
“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.” The compay also says that Rockstar has paced a cloud over the Android.
With the new suit Google is trying to protect their Android partners and specially their own Nexus devices like Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 10.
So what do you think about this new war, beginning of another big legal battle? Will Rockstar be the next big threat for Android?
Via : GigaOM