Google Inc (GOOG): Rockstar lawsuit to stay in California

Posted Apr 18, 2014

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.


This consortium used the patents to file lawsuits against numerous handset companies that use the Android operating system last year. Rockstar filed its lawsuit in a Texas federal court last year, which seems to a preferred location for patent holders due to success rates. Google asked U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken to rule that it did not infringe the patents Rockstar sued over in Texas. Rockstar filed documents to dismiss Google’s California case by saying that the proper jurisdiction is in Texas. 

?Because Google, the accused infringer, resides in California, much of the evidence is here. Some of the evidence may be in Canada or other states; however, that does not make Texas the more convenient forum,? Judge Wilken wrote in her order.

Google said that Rockstar’s lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas placed a cloud on Android. Google said that the lawsuit also threatens Google’s business and relationships with customers and partners along with the sales of the Nexus brand line of Android devices.