A federal judge has rejected a request for a patent consortium called Rockstar to transfer patent litigation from California to Texas. Rockstar is backed by Microsoft, Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson and Sony. These companies purchased patents from Nortel Networks for $4.5 billion after outbidding Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) in 2011.
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“Rockstar” is a consortium of companies such as Apple, BlackBerry, Sony, Ericsson, and Microsoft that bought thousands of patents that were owned by Nortel for $4.5 billion. Google attempted to purchase those patents, but their deal fell through. This is one of the major reasons why Google bought Motorola Mobility for $12 billion.