Google Settles Patent Case With Microsoft, Apple-Backed Rockstar Consortium

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Rockstar consortium which is jointly owned by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony has sued Samsung, Huawei, HTC and Google for patent infringement in U.S. District Court in Texas. Rockstar consortium was formed by Microsoft, Apple and others after they won the Nortel’s patents in a bidding for $4.5 billion. Based on their claims, Google is accused of infringing seven patents. The patents cover technology that helps match Internet search terms with relevant advertising, the lawsuit said, which is the core of Google’s search business.

Today, it was reported that Google has agreed to settle litigation with patent consortium Rockstar. No details on the terms of the deal were leaked.

Google and Rockstar have agreed to settle “all matters in controversy between the parties,” according to a filing in an Texas federal court on Monday. However, the document does not say whether Rockstar has also settled with handset makers including Samsung.

Google and Rockstar have reached a term sheet, which will be “reduced to a definitive agreement” over the next few weeks, the court filing said.

Source: Recode

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