Menu
Google, Samsung and others sued by acquirer of Nortel patents Rockstar

Google, Samsung and others sued by acquirer of Nortel patents Rockstar

Rockstar acquired Nortel's patents for US$4.5 billion after outbidding Google

The Rockstar Consortium that acquired Nortel Networks' patents filed Thursday patent infringement suits against Google, Samsung, HTC and five other companies.

In a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, Rockstar and subsidiary NetStar Technologies have alleged that Google has infringed seven of the patents acquired from Nortel.

The patents, all titled "Associative Search Engine," relate to an invention used to provide advertisements based on users' search terms.

Backed by Microsoft, Apple, RIM, Ericsson and Sony, Rockstar acquired Nortel's patents for US$4.5 billion after outbidding Google in 2011.

Google later acquired Motorola Mobility last year for $12.5 billion, in a deal that aimed at ownership of Motorola's patent portfolio.

The search giant was aware of the patents-in-suit at the time of the auction, Rockstar of Ottawa, Canada, said in its complaint. "Despite losing in its attempt to acquire the patents-in-suit at auction, Google has infringed and continues to infringe the patents-in-suit."

The complaint, which asks for past and future damages arising out of Google's infringement, demands a trial by jury on all issues. Google could not be immediately reached for comment.

Rockstar and another subsidiary MobileStar Technologies have also filed a complaint against Samsung Electronics for infringement of seven other patents, including U.S. Patent No. 6,037,937 ("the '937 patent") entitled "Navigation Tool for Graphical User Interface."

Samsung Mobile Communication devices that have an operating system configured "to support Gallery, Email, Maps and Browser functionality," allegedly infringe claims of the '937 patent, according to the complaint. Samsung's Mobile Hotspot feature which allows sharing of a mobile device's data connection with other devices by turning it into a wireless access point is also alleged to infringe claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,128,298 ("the '298 patent") entitled "Internet Protocol Filter."

Rockstar has sued HTC for alleged infringement of the same seven patents that figure in the complaint against Samsung, while Asustek Computer is alleged to have infringed six of the patents.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags mobileinternetGooglelegalsearch engineshtcmobile applicationsintellectual propertypatentAsustekSamsung ElectronicsRockstar Consortium

Featured

Slideshows

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017

In 2017, merger and acquisitions fever reached new heights in New Zealand, with a host of big name deals dominating the headlines. Reseller News recaps the most important transactions of the Kiwi channel during the past 12 months.

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017
Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

The channel in New Zealand came together to celebrate the close of 2017, as the final After Hours played out in front of a bumper Auckland crowd.

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours
Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP honoured leading partners across the channel at the Partner Awards 2017 in New Zealand, recognising excellence across the entire print and personal systems portfolio.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Show Comments