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Google strikes back at Apple and Microsoft’s anti-Android patent consortium


It hasn’t taken long for Google to strike back in the latest patent world war. GigaOM reports that Google this week has filed a lawsuit against Rockstar, a consortium backed by Apple, Microsoft and BlackBerry that has filed lawsuits against Google, Samsung and other major Android vendors. Rockstar is suing the Android vendors for allegedly infringing upon Nortel patents that the companies teamed up to buy back in 2011. In its countersuit, Google accuses Rockstar of being a shell patent troll for Apple and Microsoft, whom Google alleges want to see competing Android devices pulled from the market. “Rockstar produces no products and practices no patents,” Google charges. “Instead, Rockstar employs a staff of engineers in Ontario, Canada, who examine other

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