Apple and its group of tech giants have decided to end their war against Android. The group known as Rockstar Consortium, which consisted of Apple, BlackBerry, Microsoft, Ericsson, and Sony, sold their 4,000 smartphone patents that were at the center of several lawsuits against Android for a massive $900 million.
The clearinghouse that bought the patents was called RPX, and purchased them at a major discount. The actual value was close to $4.5 billion on the patents individually and at their regular market value.
RDX has very simple plans of licensing the patents out in an effort to distribute them while still being able to increase their profit – to offset the cost. That being said, this marks the end of a major battle that had been taking place on the smartphone market for years – as Apple, Microsoft and Sony, finally have come to terms with some of the most-basic functions that these patents covered.
The clearinghouse even has plans on licensing these out to companies like Google and Cisco in the near-future. Originally, the group had lawsuits levied against LG, HTC, and most-notably Samsung – but it would appear as though with the fire sale occurring that the companies can finally move in a peaceful direction, where competition is open and welcomed. However, it’s unclear how other lawsuits that aren’t revolving around these patents will shape up as time goes on.
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The Rockstar Consortium had existed since the group purchased roughly 6,000 patents in 2011 from Nortel. While Nortel was struggling, many of the patents were functional patents that focused on communication, networking, and some other crucial functions that are essentials within the smartphone experience. Many have viewed the move as one that is a bailout by the companies within Rockstar Consortium. Many of the companies that were involved either didn’t have the resources or just simply didn’t want to battle the Android makers any longer for a long list of reasons.
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Chiefly, many were involved in the Android production, or like Microsoft, were receiving royalties, which made the lawsuits, and fights counterproductive. Now, all of the companies can focus on battling each other on the playing field, instead of battling in a court room.