(The Hosting News) – Google has filed a lawsuit to protect their Android partners against Rockstar, a group using patents to threaten companies in the mobile industry, reports Gigaom.
On Monday, Google filed a complaint against Rockstar’s campaign that targets hundreds of California tech companies, claiming the litigation has “placed a cloud on Google’s Android platform.”
This move is said to threaten Nexus devices in particular.
The patents concerned in this case deal with mobile hotspot functionality, VPN management functionality, and messaging and notification, continues Gigaom’s report.
The lawsuit is an effort to protect ASUS and other companies that use an open source Android operating system.
“Among the myriad companies ensnared in Rockstar’s patent dragnet are customers and partners of Google who use the Android platform in their devices, including ASUS, HTC, Huawei, LG, Pantech, Samsung, and ZTE.”
In 2012, the patent troll group, backed by Google rivals Apple, Microsoft, and BlackBerry ,spent $ 4.5 billion to acquire patents from Canadian telecom company, Nortel.
According to Rockstar CEO John Veschi, Facebook and LinkedIn also infringe old Nortel patents.
“Rockstar produces no products and practices no patents. Instead, Rockstar employs a staff of engineers in Ontario, Canada, who examine other companies’ successful products to find anything that Rockstar might use to demand and extract licenses to its patents under threat of litigation,” states the filing by Google.
Earlier this month, Rockstar expanded its campaign against Cisco and other companies in the cable industry.