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Op-Ed: The failure of patent privateering?

In what may hopefully become the death knell of the patent privateering model, Rockstar has announced the sale of its 4,000 remaining patents to RPX. Rockstar was a $4.5 billion boondoggle of a joint venture between several leading tech companies, including Microsoft and Apple, to buy Nortel’s patent portfolio out from under Google. The goal of this strategic alliance was to create a patent privateer to initiate lawsuits against Apple and Microsoft’s main rival Google and the Android operating system.

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