Nortel patents sale could spell trouble for Google's Android

By Jos · 11 replies
Jul 12, 2011
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  1. U.S. and Canadian courts have approved the sale of some 6,000 patents and patent applications from bankrupt Nortel Networks to a consortium of companies known as Rockstar Bidco. The four-day…

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  2. lmike6453

    lmike6453 TS Enthusiast Posts: 100   +6

    This sucks, always the good guys that could be making bazillions off of Android that just want open source are getting beat with the paddle stick as if they're a true threat to Microsoft and Apple.
  3. bimboy56

    bimboy56 TS Rookie

    Darn, lawsuits keep on killing the OpenSource Star. :mad: d*mn them.
  4. Is Google really open when they use other technologies that others developed?
  5. innovation and advancement uses the foundations of existing products to do so. it's pretty much next to impossible from an economic standpoint to create a technology that has ZERO patent infringement, and even then, Patent trolls like MS and Apple will always find ways to try and sink competition. This is what makes them such ethically vacant companies.

    All this purchase is leading to is a massive Trolling wave against Google, Samsung and whomever else they see fit to try and put out of business, gouge money from, pathetic and disgusting. Anyone involved in the Rockstar group I won't ever support.

    It's interesting to notice that the bulk 0f the companies involved are under pressure from competitors who are making a better product, cheaper. Guess this is the only way they can make the books balance.. innovation pah! lets just spend out time suing.
  6. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    I don't think this is entirely correct, and Google's android is not better than iOS or WP for that matter. The simple fact is, Android took off because cell phone makers can make more money with it (by not having to pay any license fee etc.). By the way just try searching with regard to issues faced by android cell phones and you'll know how not good it is, simply put it is about as good or bad as the competition is.
  7. The simple fact is, Android took off because cell phone makers can make more money with it (by not having to pay any license fee etc.).

    wtf does that have to do with consumers?

    I wanna know if these patents were so important to Google, how was it not able to match and beat a 4.5b bid... or higher? Someone let me know.
  8. Patents should have significantly shorter lifespans. At its root it is ignorant to claim sole ownership of ANYTHING as all "inventions" are utterly and intrinsically codependent on an infinite chain of causality.

    Perhaps our schools should be getting a cut from Apple and Microsoft teaching them english, math and science.

    Results.... a stupid ugly greedy world full of shiny things that go "ping" and taxpayers paying outrageous bonuses to bankers for "AAA" subprime (oxymoron anyone) mortgages. Thanks god we have the government to hire all these fraudsters to keep deregulating so that we can bring the destitute 92% of Americans to their knees and the other 8% can play golf everyday in their private communities in Florida.

    A freemarket is only free for the privileged.

    Viva la revolution!
  9. Of course Google is open, they give away the products they develop for free. Free of course being they gain royalties off the ads and such they embed in the apps as a result of them being free. But this is not costing the users and device manufacturers anything to Google.
  10. Steves

    Steves TS Rookie

    So multi-billion dollar multi-nationals like Google should be allowed to simply sit back and wait for others to put years of testing, lab work, trials and development into new products. Then when they are shown to be unique, innovative and new, we should allow these multi-billion dollar corporations the right to simply steal the work for free?

    Capacitive multi-touch sounds pretty obvious in hindsight but where was it 5 years ago?

    Even MS was able to come up with a different gesture for the unlock screen.

    So you support out right theft of ideas? And you do realize a patent troll relates to companies that do not design/manufacture their own products and that does not describe either MS or Apple.

    An IP thief does describe Google, however. Copy the IP of your competitor and give it away while linking all data through your ad engines. That is Google's business model. Convince the non-thinking FOSS crowd that you are their friend and let mob rule form public opinion. That is Google's defense strategy.
  11. example1013

    example1013 TS Enthusiast Posts: 265

    People seem to keep thinking that Google isn't a corporation that makes oodles and oodles of money, and has its own interests to protect. Google isn't "for us", except insofar as being "for us" helps them make more money "for them".
  12. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Exactly, a point which most of the lot somehow misses out.

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