Google Dec Action vs Rockstar
Rockstar v TWC
Sources: Google countersuit on Scribd, Bloomberg, Gigaom
quote: by Mitch101 on December 27, 2013 at 1:47 PM...also worth pointing out is that Microsoft Communications head Frank Shaw attached a screenshot to a tweet reflecting Google General Counsel Kent Walker's refusal to Microsoft's offer.That email reads:Brad –Sorry for the delay in getting back to you — I came down with a 24-hour bug on the way back from San Antonio. After talking with people here, it sounds as though for various reasons a joint bid wouldn’t be advisable for us on this one. But I appreciate your flagging it, and we’re open to discussing other similar opportunities in the future.I hope the rest of your travels go well, and I look forward to seeing you again soon.– KentSo say what you will about Rockstar's lawsuits, but it's hard to feel terribly bad for Google given that this could have easily been avoidable.
quote: RockStar is a group of manufacturing companies investment into the Nortel Patent Portfolio. Its not a patent troll where a group of non-manufacturers group aka investors group together to purchase valuable patents to sue others and yet never produce a product.
quote: If your going to call MS and Apple trolls include be sure to add in EMC, RIM, and Sony because they also were with Rockstar in the patent purchase. Oh also add Google because Google also partnered with Rockstar in the purchase of the Kodak Patent portfolio.Sorry if the author chose to leave out details, failed to any actual research, or if he chose to target certain companies.
quote: In addition to Microsoft, Apple, and BlackBerry, other minority owners of Rockstar include Japan's Sony Corp. (TYO:6758), Sweden's Ericsson AB (STO:ERIC.A, ERIC.B), and the Mass.-based EMC Corp. (EMC).Sony, in particular, is notable, in that it's a minor Android OEM. If somehow Microsoft and Apple are able to troll other Android OEMs to death, Sony could see gains in market share, as the only OEM who doesn't have to pay direct licensing fees to Microsoft/Apple (Sony also notably has preexisting licensing deals with Microsoft and Apple).
quote: Obviously Google did a little growing up
quote: Fact is your upset that Microsoft/Apple won these patents
quote: Coming from the biggest loser Ive ever seen online in my entire life
quote: Coming from the biggest loser Ive ever seen online in my entire life and not just this site either.
quote: Rockstar Consortium Inc., originally named Rockstar Bidco, is an organization formed by a consortium including Apple, Inc. and Microsoft to negotiate licensing for patents acquired from bankrupt Nortel. Other companies in the consortium include BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony. Rockstar is a patent holding non-practicing entity (NPE) and submitted the winning US$4.5 billion bid for the Nortel patents at a week-long auction held in New York in June 2011. 
quote: So say what you will about Rockstar's lawsuits, but it's hard to feel terribly bad for Google given that this could have easily been avoidable.
quote: Google claims there was collusion between the parties and they were left out of the process at various stages.
quote: Tony knows what happened on the inside: Apple did the right thing!
quote: No, Google bought moto and its patent portfolio to FEND OFF Apple's endless patent trolling attack.
quote: Tell me, who is at the center of it all involved with more suits than any other? You guessed it (although you already knew it) Its "Precious"
quote: Google are pussies.
quote: So, it sounds like you're saying that Google should have joined a consortium that would have protected the patents in a way that's completely contrary to Google's business model and screws over the Android OEM's?
quote: Would achieving sole ownership of the Nortel patents...
quote: Google's Motorola division is very active in taking legal actions almost of which are based on SEP and FRAND patents (and have as a result been mostly unsuccessful)
quote: Collusion takes place within an industry when rival companies cooperate for their mutual benefit. Collusion most often takes place within the market structure of oligopoly, where the decision of a few firms to collude can significantly impact the market as a whole.
quote: They didn't buy the patents for nothing. All they want is force everyone else off the market, raise prices across the continuum, and kill real innovation at its tracks.
quote: Filed: Aug. 1996Granted: Nov. 1998
quote: Many of these patents appear to be representative of the controversial practice of repatenting existing, ubiquitous hardware and software technologies in a mobile context.
quote: Included among those improvements, in our view, are the elimination of the expansion of the kinds of patents that can be reviewed...