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A federal judge issued an order today decreeing that Google’s court battle against a “patent troll” owned by its competitors must be fought out in California, not in Texas.
The ruling is a substantial victory for Google because venue matters in patent litigation. The search giant was facing the possibility of fighting a powerful trolling entity in the Eastern District of Texas, long considered a district friendly to patent holders. The patent owner in this case is the Rockstar Consortium, formed when Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Ericsson, and Blackberry teamed up to spend $4.5 billion to buy patents belonging to Nortel, a bankrupt Canadian telecom company.
Rockstar sued Google and seven companies that make Android smartphones on Halloween last year. Google soon retaliated with a counter-suit, arguing that the dispute should take place in California, not Texas.
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