Google was responding to a pair of patent infringement suits filed in October by Rockstar — the consortium led by Apple (AAPL) that edged out the search giant ($4.5 billion to Google’s $4.4 billion) in a 2011 bidding war for 6,000 Nortel Telecom patents.
- One suit targeted Google’s partners: Samsung and six other manufacturers that make smartphones based on Google’s Android operating system.
- The other was aimed squarely at Google’s core business: The ad-supported searches that generated 92.4% of the company’s income last quarter.
Google’s complaint, Mueller writes, is filled with “the usual anti-troll rhetoric, blaming Rockstar’s shareholders, with a particular focus on Apple, for the fact that Google’s aggressive pursuit of the Nortel patent portfolio … forced other industry players to join forces in order to clear the market of these patents. If not for Google’s aggressive pursuit, these patents would have sold at a fraction of the price.”
There’s more. In an editorial he wrote for The Hill last month, Mueller accused Google of rank hypocrisy: Railing against patent trolls on one hand while playing the patent troll with the other.
According to Mueller: