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Friday, November 01, 2013
Samsung, Huawei And Google Sued Over Nortel Patents
Rockstar, the group that owns thousands of former Nortel patents, filed patent lawsuits on Thursday against cell phone manufacturers including Google, the company it outbid in the Nortel bankruptcy auction.
Rockstar, which is owned by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry,
Ericsson and Sony, had bought the Nortel patents for $4.5
billion. The group sued Samsung Electronics, HTC, Huawei and
four other companies for patent infringement in U.S. District
Court in Texas.
Google is accused of infringing seven patents related to
technology that helps match Internet search terms with relevant
Samsung, Huawei and HTC all manufacture phones that operate on
Google's Android operating system.
In 2011 Google failed to win Nortel's patents after bidding
them for $4.4 billion. Google had initially placed an initial
bid of $900,000,000 for the patents. The company subsequently
increased its bid multiple times, ultimately bidding as high as
$4.4 billion. That price was insufficient to win the auction,
as a group led by the current shareholders of Rockstar
purchased the portfolio for $4.5 billion. After losing out to
Rockstar, Google went on to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5
Rockstar is seeking increased damages against Google, as it
claims Google's patent infringement is willful, according to