Lawsuits And Patent Assertions
"Readers will remember that Rockstar was backed by Apple, BlackBerry, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony to scoop up a bunch of patents that came onto the market when Nortel collapsed. It's most famous tangle so far under its own name is with Google over Android patents, with Google asking for the lawsuit to be dismissed"
The story is not fully intelligible without pointing out that Google was given the opportunity to join the Rockstar consortium and refused, saying that being part-owner of the patents would prevent them from using the patents to sue the other part-owners. I.e. Google is getting sued over these patents by other parties because they wanted to use these patents to sue those other parties!
So those patents were going to figure in a lawsuit, in one case with Google asserting them against the members of the Rockstar consortium, and in the other case, with the members of the Rockstar consortium asserting them against Google. An outcome with all the parties as part-owners of the Nortel patents and no lawsuits resulting, was, apparently, unacceptable to Google.
Well that's Google.