Chalk one up for the bad guys. FOSS Patents reports that Chinese manufacturer Huawei and the Rockstar Consortium (a patent holding company jointly owned by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Sony, and Ericsson) have filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed against Huawei in November. Both parties have filed to dismiss with prejudice, and have almost certainly agreed to some kind of licensing settlement, though financial details don't have to be reported.


Rockstar and its parent companies are suing over telecom patents sold from the defunct Nortel Networks in 2011 for a cool $4.5 billion. The consortium is also suing Google, Samsung, LG, ASUS, ZTE, and Pantech in the same Eastern Texas district court. Huawei is the first company to file for dismissal and likely settle - presumably Google and the rest are still fighting.

While the terms of any settlement aren't known, including which patents might be licensed and which might be ignored, there's no escaping the fact that this is a bad sign for the remaining defendant companies. You can bet that Huawei wouldn't part with one more cent than they had to, while Microsoft, Apple, Sony and company wouldn't let their competitors get away with paying any less than they think they could manage. The patent cases against the remaining six companies will likely take months (at least) to be resolved.

Source: FOSS Patents

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Serge Cebrian

    I hate patent trolls

  • moelsen8

    google should have bid tau

  • TheWholeWorldLiesSun

    Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Sony, and Ericsson huh. They should rename it to irrelevant consortium since none of them are relevant in todays innovations and none of them have good products on the market.

    • darkNiGHTS

      You're joking, right? Windows 8 is extremely innovative and has set the trend for flatter UI design. Grow up.

      • joser116

        Google started the trend of a flat UI, not Microsoft.

        • darkNiGHTS

          Are you really that brainwashed to believe that?

          In 2010, this is what Microsoft was doing with Windows Phone:

          And in 2009 they were doing this with the Zune HD:

          In 2010, this was Android's beautiful user interface.

          • joser116

            Well you said Microsoft set the trend for a flatter UI WITH WINDOWS 8 and I knew Google had done it before that with its web properties and Android ICS.

          • darkNiGHTS

            And you said that Google started the trend in flat UI design which is not even close to true. You were not responding to me, I was responding to you.

          • joser116

            Well, yes, I do admit that Google did not START the flat UI trend based on the fact that Windows Phone, not Windows 8, was released on October 2010, before ICS. I'll have to research though if Google started flattening its web properties even before Windows Phone. And I did notice that I made the mistake of responding to myself instead of you.

          • darkNiGHTS

            To be honest, I think you're confusing minimalism with flatness. Google was one of the few companies that made minimalistic design. But you'll notice that Google didn't get rid of their drop shadow until 2011 and must have completely flattened their logo in either 2012 or 2013.

          • joser116

            Yeah, you're right.

        • Matthew Fry

          Well design and style trends are cyclical. If you recall... flat used to be kind of the norm.


        • joser116

          Well you said Microsoft set the trend for a flatter UI WITH WINDOWS 8 and I knew Google had done it before that!EDIT: Fuck! Wrong reply...

          • darkNiGHTS

            No, they haven't. You don't know what you're talking about. Stop talking.

          • joser116

            Yes, Google started flattening the UI elements of its web properties before Windows 8 release and Holo UI is all about flat.

  • jak_341

    This has been a bad week for Android on the legal front. This and Apple patent for spell check and correction being upheld...

    • mustbepbs

      Are you fucking kidding me? SPELL CHECK AND CORRECTION? You mean the shit word processors have used for YEARS?

      This is out of control.

      • jak_341

        It ain't no joke man. I don't know which is sadder, the fact that it was granted in the first place or it was upheld. Apple brought it out in the latest patent trial. Every one Apple brought up was upheld. Every one Samsung brought forth was invalidated.

        This is really bad news. Apple could theoretically sent cease and desist to Google, Swiftkey, Swype, and anyone else who has text correction and prediction.

        • mustbepbs

          Nah, I'm sure Apple would just want them to license it from them.

          • PhilNelwyn

            I'm sure these bastards would rather seek for sales ban injunctions.
            They have so much money they don't even know what to do with it... What they want is less competition.

          • mustbepbs

            I'm sure they'd rather get money from their competitors sales like Microsoft does with Android. Probably more money in that, because there's always gonna be competition.

          • PhilNelwyn

            Who said no competition?

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  • Matthew Fry

    Here's an idea... It seems like a lot of these patents are auctioned during bankruptcy. What if the government seized the patents and then licensed the patents at a reasonable price till all debtors are paid and then makes the patents free and open? I know it's kind of utilitarianistic...

    On the flip side, I think that a lot of the issues come from the ease with which corporations can balk these things based only on the fact that legal action against them would be impossible (in the case of individual patent owners or small business patent owners).

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    I want to see one win in Android's side of the ring for once.

  • Funem

    The day these companies grow up and realise none of them are solely responsible for what we all use today, every UI, interface, operating system and input device has evolved over the years and has had bits pinched, stolen, nicked and inspired by others products, they will realise without each other they would be nowhere. They should all drop all the old patents, and make them open, most of them are at best, flimsy and too general to be enforced fairly. When that day comes we will se some real innovation as everyone would be on a level playing field and would be forced to innovate. If they were kids they would have long since got a clip round the ear and told to play nicely.

  • dude

    I like how Sony is also part of the Open Handset Alliance.

  • Your Mother

    somebody correct me if Im wrong but when these patents were purchased, wasn't there a promise made that they would not be used in lawsuits?