Apple led consortium Rockstar settles with Google over patent infringement litigation

Apple led consortium Rockstar settles with Google over patent infringement litigation
Patent infringement litigation between Apple-led consortium Rockstar, and Google, has apparently been settled. Judge Roy S. Payne granted a stay requested by Rockstar that freezes all deadlines and hearings related to the litigation, until a status report is filed on December 29th. According to legal filings, both sides agreed to a settlement on November 12th. While the amount of the settlement is unknown, Rockstar was seeking an award for willful patent infringement and lawyer fees, from Google.

The litigation involves seven patents related to Internet searches and advertisements. The patents are owned by Rockstar, which is made up of big tech companies (Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Sony and Ericsson) who formed a consortium in an attempt to purchase patents being sold by Nortel, a struggling telecom company. 

In 2012, Rockstar closed on its purchase of patents from Nortel. Of the $4.5 billion spent to obtain the ownership of the patents, Apple is believed to have chipped in $2.6 billion. Google originally bid $900 million for Nortel's patents, but was outspent by Rockstar. The latter is asking for 45 days to work out details with other companies that have agreed to settle similar cases with it. Cisco, for example, agreed to a $188 million settlement with the consortium earlier this week.

source: Scribd via AppleInsider



1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Patent trolls burn in hell!

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

CAN WE please GO A HOLE YEAR with out PATENT TROLLS PATENT ARTICLES. with out having bad news for ONCE?!

2. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Patent Troll = APPLE

3. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Patents are a very lucrative business.Everyone does it, Google themselves bid on those Nortel patents. Whoever has patents have power.

4. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The problem is buying those parents with the sole intention of going after competitors. They essentially paid money to extract money from their competition. The $188 million they got from Cisco is a long ways from $4.5 billion. Their money was probably better served staying with them rather than trying to put a hurt on their competition.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you are thinking very short term. Just to answer Liveitup first... Google doesnt generally go after other companies for patent infringement unless its backed in a corner and forced to use muscle. Apple uses patents as a weapon first and a defence second. Apple is the world's most expensive patent troll. VZW, On the short term they got Google for something (probably more than 188 mill), and they got Cisco for that money. But think of ALL the other companies that will just come and pony up money now that Google has lost. Sammy will be next, HTC, LG, maybe Qualcomm or who knows who else. Most likely its a long line of companies they can extort from... and it is extortion. And not only do they get "instant" money, they keep a leg up on competition, something that could save or generate more money on the long term. That 4.5 billion is chump change to its possible total output.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Patent is the cancer of genius small businesses and innovations. Design to protect but are now use as a tool by big businesses to exterminate smaller ones.

9. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I don't really see the how the companies in Rockstar are getting a leg up on anyone else. All of these patents, while they're apparently important, are not new and groundbreaking. And once they get a deal with all of these companies, they can't sue them again for the same thing with a deal in place. If anything it's like theyre able to own these patents for free and maybe some profit if things go their way. But after they've gone after everyone and extorted them into a deal, then what? Patents are only valuable if you can use them yourself exclusively, or if you can use them to extract money from other companies. Once it's over it's over though.

7. gunnor

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 22, 2014

its too bad its a "first to the trough " mentality out there. Your a 110% correct. every company , samsung apple blackberry sony google m.s. does it. pattents pay the way, if you figure it out 25$ per headset pattent @ 100 million headsets thats huge cake. (apple idevices sold), my numbers are off but apple pays nokia( now m.s. for pattens) google it people b4 you start bashing.

8. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

patents must be for 5 years only

10. bobi_n

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Patents is not bad thing, but the judge who accepted the claim.... this is a bad thing.

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