Horde of Tech Titans Including Samsung and Google Sued Over Nortel Patents

by Knowlton Thomas | Apple

Rockstar, a consortium that bought Nortel's warchest of patents during its bankruptcy acution, has launched a series a patent lawsuits against several mobile device manufacturers, including Samsung, HTC, and Google, the latter which Rockstar outbid for Nortel's patents.

Rockstar, which is jointly owned by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony, says Google is infringing seven of its patents.

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“Despite losing in its attempt to acquire the patents-in-suit at auction, Google has infringed and continues to infringe,” the lawsuit reads. The complaint claims that Google's patent infringement is willfil and is seeking increased damages against the software giant.

Google bidded as high as $4.5 billion for Nortel's patents, but Rockstar ultimately bought the portfolio for $4.5 billion.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Rockstar is a patent licensing business that owns and manages a portfolio of more than 4,000 patents developed by technology pioneer Nortel Networks. This portfolio consists of patents covering a wide range of consumer and enterprise communications technologies currently in use or in development in markets worldwide. more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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