Judge denies Rockstar's request to move trial against Google to Texas
Rockstar purchased the patents from Nortel in 2011 for $4.5 billion, with Apple tossing in $2.6 billion of that amount. In the process of purchasing the patents, the consortium out bid Google. Besides Apple, the group consists of well-known tech names such as Microsoft, Blackberry, Sony and Ericsson. The suit was filed in Texas last year. Google subsequently filed a countersuit and asked Judge Wilken to rule that it had not infringed on the patents at issue in the Texas filing. Google did this in an attempt to move the case to Northern California. The latter region is seen as more friendly to Google because it has its headquarters there.
Rockstar attempted to get the case moved to Texas by claiming that it had a co-plaintiff called MobileStar, which had an office in Texas. But Judge Wilken wasn't biting, noting that Rockstar had created MobileStar the day before it started suing the seven Android manufacturers. She ruled that MobileStar was not a separate and distinct company from Rockstar.
You can read the entire ruling from the judge, below.
source: Scribd, ArsTechnica via AppleInsider, Reuters
1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5952; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
That was expected. Rockstar filed in Norcal, and now they want to move venue? You file where you feel venue is most appropriate.
2. Anshulonweb (Posts: 363; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
first I thought it was Rockstar company that made gta.....
10. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)
Same here, until I read the articles thoroughly
3. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Somebody just kill this Rockstar company. It doesnt even deserve to be called as a company as it doesnt do anything other than being a patent troll.
6. express77 (unregistered)
It makes gta. But yes, this company is a big patent troll.
8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
No this isnt that gta rockstar which rocks. This one is just a patent troll rockstar which sucks.
14. Finalflash (Posts: 1903; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Lol it doesn't make anything, it's a patent troll created exclusively by MS and Apple to do their bidding without their name attached to it publicly.
4. mturby (unregistered)
google should check the iphones deeply and see if can sue apple. everybody is suing each other guys, lets do that too!
5. boosook (Posts: 1089; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Die Rockstar, die!
(of course it's German for "The Rockstar, the!")
7. express77 (unregistered)
See, US companies are not hurt much in US Courts. I am not against US btw. It has better justice than many countries but the system has many flaws.
11. droid_does_more (banned) (Posts: 29; Member since: 25 Jan 2010)
Rockstar = The ultimate trolling company spearheaded by the two biggest trolls in mobile.
12. sprockkets (Posts: 1357; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Uh, they sued google in east texas, via a shell company established one day earlier. Google sued to have it moved to cal because apple owns the majority of it.
13. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Apple is hiding behind a patentvtroll...no shock there
15. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I forgot all about this...Samsung vs Apple dominate the lawsuit news these days.
This will be interesting....seeing as how Sony makes Android phones...I think thats the only mobile OS they use these days? Not really sure...
17. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Wow, does Apple have anything else better to do? And, shame on its consumers for continuing to support that company....