Rockstar, a consortium that bought Nortel’s warchest of patents during its bankruptcy acution, has launched a series a patent lawsuits against several mobile device manufacturers, including Samsung, HTC, and Google, the latter which Rockstar outbid for Nortel’s patents.
Rockstar, which is jointly owned by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony, says Google is infringing seven of its patents.
“Despite losing in its attempt to acquire the patents-in-suit at auction, Google has infringed and continues to infringe,” the lawsuit reads. The complaint claims that Google’s patent infringement is willfil and is seeking increased damages against the software giant.
Google bidded as high as $4.5 billion for Nortel’s patents, but Rockstar ultimately bought the portfolio for $4.5 billion.