After of months of long litigation and court appearances, Google and Rockstar Consortium have agreed to settle the patent dispute over patents acquired by Rockstar. Back in 2012, Rockstar Consortium who Apple is said to be a large investor of, had purchased a rather large set of patents from Nortel Networks to the tune of $4.5 Billion. All but $2 Billion of that was said to have been fronted by Apple, so it was no surprise when Rockstar came after Google over patent infringement thus beginning a long set of court proceedings. Apple also reportedly holds the largest portion of the patents that came from Nortel, with the rest spread amongst the other companies that make up Rockstar Consortium including Microsoft, Blackberry and Nokia. A number of those patents are also said to be expiring sometime in 2017, though, with other expiring in 2019, 2020, and 2021.
Last year, Google had won the decision to have the case tried in California, as opposed to having the case litigated in east Texas where a large number of patent infringement cases like this one usually favor the side of the plaintiff. Although the settlement of this case is certainly a good thing for both Google and Rockstar Consortium, there are no details on whether or not Rockstar will be still pursing other cases that are largely part of this original patent infringement suit which includes Samsung among other handset makers. Further, there were no details on the terms of the case between Google and Rockstar, or what caused the two to reach and agreement decision.
The settlement court filing documents state that Google and Rockstar have agreed to settle all matters in controversy, so it’s safe to say that Google may finally be done defending themselves on this case. Since there is no word on whether or not litigation will be pursued towards any of the OEM’s that manufacture Android handsets however, Google could still have some involvement in the future given their nature of defending their partners. For now until the California proceedings finalize and finish out, the Texas court cases against the handset makers is essentially on hold.