Google and Rockstar end Nortel patent litigation suit
According to a court filing, Google and patent consortium Rockstar, which has Apple as an investor, have both agreed to settle a patent litigation suit. These settlement terms were not disclosed. During 2011, Rockstar paid $4.5bn (£2.9bn) for thousands of former Nortel Network Corp patents. Google and others were sued by Rockstar last year for infringing the patents in its Android operating system. Rockstar had claimed that Google, HTC, Samsung, and other makers of smartphones which utilise the Google Android operating system violated 7 of Nortel’s patents.
All of these are involved with an invention named an “associative search engine” which does relate to how Google features advertisements based on a users’ search terms. Additionally, the investors of Rockstar are BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony. In the court filing with an eastern Texas judge, Rockstar and Google report that they signed a term sheet on 12 November which fundamentally settles all of the matters that relate to the suit. Previously this week, Cisco unveiled on an earnings call which it had put to the side $188m to deal with a patent dispute with Rockstar.