A consortium that includes Microsoft and Apple filed lawsuits today against Google, Samsung, HTC and other companies using some of the former Nortel Networks patents that were acquired by the group for $4.5 billion last year.
The group, known as the Rockstar Consortium, had outbid Google for the Nortel patents, as noted in the complaint against Google in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The suite alleges, “Despite losing in its attempt to acquire the patents-in-suit at auction, Google has infringed and continues to infringe the patents-in-suit.”
Reuters broke the news of the suits earlier today. The companies involved in the case have yet to comment. Rockstar is jointly owned by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson and Sony.
Here’s a copy of the suit against Google, as filed with the court.