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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