There is a patent consortium known as Rockstar whose name is rather appropriate given that it consists of companies such as Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Sony, and Ericsson. We have seen how they have tried to sue Google and other companies in the past over alleged patent infringements and it looks like Google is having none of it. The company has recently filed a declaratory judgment complaint where they are asking a San Jose court to rule that their company does not infringe on any of the seven patents that Rockstar claims that it does. According to the complaint, Google states, “Rockstar’s litigation campaign has placed a cloud on Google’s Android platform; threatened Google’s business and relationships with its customers and partners; as well as its sales of Nexus-branded Android devices.”
In the past we have seen how companies such as Apple and Microsoft go after Android manufacturers individually, and for the most part despite the whole “Mac versus PC” debate, Apple and Microsoft have never really had too much legal trouble with one another, although with the Rockstar patent group and the combined patents that they own, we expect that they could give other tech companies a whole lot of trouble and grief. It does seem a tad anti-competitive in nature but what do you guys think? Will the Rockstar group prevail, or will Google be able to beat them back?
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