Judge denies Rockstar's request to move trial against Google to Texas

Judge denies Rockstar's request to move trial against Google to Texas
The patent trial sequel against Samsung isn't Apple's only appearance in a courtroom at the moment. With the festivities in San Jose on hiatus until today, Thursday saw a ruling in another case involving Apple. The Rockstar consortium is a group of companies including Apple, that owns a bunch of intellectual property purchased from Nortel in 2011. The group requested that its current patent trial against Google and seven Android handset manufacturers (Asustek, HTC, Huawei, LG Electronics, Pantech, Samsung and ZTE), be moved to Texas. The state is considered "friendly" to patent owners. On Thursday, Rockstar had its request denied by U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken.

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

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17 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

first I thought it was Rockstar company that made gta.....

10. Ishmeet

Posts: 111; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

Same here, until I read the articles thoroughly

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

No this isnt that gta rockstar which rocks. This one is just a patent troll rockstar which sucks.

14. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

9. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

It'll be quite the dog and pony show.

11. droid_does_more

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 25, 2010

Rockstar = The ultimate trolling company spearheaded by the two biggest trolls in mobile.

12. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Apple is hiding behind a patentvtroll...no shock there

16. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

err....patent troll....

15. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Wow, does Apple have anything else better to do? And, shame on its consumers for continuing to support that company....

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