Huawei Settles with Apple/Microsoft 'Rockstar Consortium' Over Nortel Patents

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The Apple-backed "Rockstar consortium" has filed a joint motion with Huawei in U.S. District Court of Eastern Texas to dismiss with prejudice Rockstar's claims of patent infringement against the Chinese handset manufacturer. Though the motion does not mention a settlement amount, it is reasonable to expect there was some monetary licensing agreement that will allow Huawei to continue using the patents.
    Huawei is the first of seven Android OEMs cited in the original lawsuit to settle with Rockstar. Other high-profile companies mentioned in the suit include Google, Samsung, HTC, ZTE, LG, Pantech, and ASUSTeK. The decision by Huawei to settle may impact the other defendants in the case as it suggests to the court that Rockstar's claims of patent infringement may have reasonable merit. As a result, other OEMs may decide to pursue a settlement rather than fight the claims in court.

    The patents in question are related search technology and user profiles. They were obtained by Rockstar as part of a patent collection the consortium purchased in 2011 from bankrupt Canadian communications company Nortel.

    Article Link: Huawei Settles with Apple/Microsoft 'Rockstar Consortium' Over Nortel Patents
  2. glutenenvy macrumors regular


    Sep 6, 2011
    Am I the only one that (possibly naively) believes software patents should go public domain and not be considered sellable assets when a company fails?
  3. Gasu E. macrumors 601

    Gasu E.

    Mar 20, 2004
    Not far from Boston, MA.
    It seems to me a fundamentally bad idea to have different rules of patent ownership for different classes of technology. If you had said "there need to be tighter standards for software patents", I think a lot of people would agree with that.
  4. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC

    Or software shouldn't be patentable at all - a question the US Supreme Court may address later this year.

    But I don't see why certain patents should be treated differently than others in terms of being an asset of value when a company goes bankrupt.
  5. BigBeast macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2009
    Although I don't appreciate patent trials as a monetary offensive, I'm hoping that the Rockstar Consortium's idea is to license any and all companies for a small price so that everyone can make use of the patents, so that there exists no ambiguities about licensing when true patent trolls come knocking.
  6. SBlue1 macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
    We need patents. But it would be better if the technical patents would expire after lets say 10 years just like the medical patents expire after a certain time.
  7. Milquetoast macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2008
    For Huawei to be the first (?) to settle on this is interesting. They're pretty well-known in the industry for their particularly loose standards (and cavalier attitude) regarding honoring others' intellectual property rights.

    (did I say that in an innocuous enough manner?)

    Try searching for "huawei intellectual property theft".

    Cisco statement

    Network World article

  8. PracticalMac macrumors 68030


    Jan 22, 2009
    Houston, TX
    (grabs popcorn and watches the other companies)
  9. stroydex, Jan 24, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2014

    stroydex macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2014
    The precedent set would threaten other areas of IP. So Michael Jackson dies bankrupt, and the Beatles songbook goes public domain.. I don't think so. And like heirs, shareholders and creditors have well established rights.
  10. glutenenvy macrumors regular


    Sep 6, 2011
    Software patents are much more like small pieces of DNA than like artistic works. The (small percentage of) software patents and summeries I've read are only individual tiny building blocks to a finished product. An artistic work is a finished product.

    If a software patent were usually for a complete consumer marketable widget, I'd have to agree with your point. Too much money is wasted on patent baiting and legal fishing. We as the consumers end up paying for that eventually in end pricing.

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