Leveraging the patents the companies acquired last year from Nortel, AAPL, MSFT, RIMM, SNE, and...


Leveraging the patents the companies acquired last year from Nortel, AAPL, MSFT, RIMM, SNE, and ERIC have officially entered the patent-trolling business via the Rockstar Consortium. Funded by the aforementioned companies and owning 4,000 ex-Nortel patents, Rockstar examines tech products for evidence of infringement, and demands licensing fees when it's found. Since Rockstar, unlike its owners, doesn't make anything, it can't be countersued.

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  • D_Virginia
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    Epic. Patent law. FAIL.
    21 May 2012, 06:01 PM Reply Like
  • Hendershott
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    Not what the industry needs. More sand in the gears.
    21 May 2012, 06:26 PM Reply Like
  • Michael Collins
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    Investigation should be welcomed. This one is more focused towards anti-competitive behavior ie Rockstar etc. I don't think the US would ever do something harm patent holders rights and or copyright in general. These are the bedrocks of US industry and competitiveness.

     

    We already know that Standard essential patents should not be used to block products - fair enough. and nothing new.

     

    If anything this should help companies like IDCC who is not behaving in an anti-competitive manner.
    21 Nov 2012, 06:29 AM Reply Like
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