Heavyweights square up in lawsuit over former Nortel patents

|By:, SA News Editor

The consortium that bought thousands of Nortel patents for $4.5B in 2011 has sued Google (GOOG), Samsung (SSNLF, SSNGY), HTC (HTCCY), Huawei and four other companies for infringing some of the IP.

The group, called Rockstar, is owned by Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Blackberry (BBRY), Ericsson (ERIC) and Sony (SNE).

The patents cited in the suit cover technology that enables targeted advertising on Internet search results - the core of Google's money making machine.