Google Faces Tough Battle In Escalation Of Smartphone Wars

By Ryan Davis (November 1, 2013, 8:58 PM EDT) -- After making a failed bid for Nortel Networks Corp.'s patents in 2011, Google Inc. now faces an infringement lawsuit by the licensing firm — backed by rivals Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. — that bought the intellectual property. That firm's status as a nonpracticing entity, which can't be countersued, puts Google at a distinct disadvantage, experts say.

Rockstar Consortium LP, which outbid Google to acquire 4,000 patents once owned by Nortel Networks Corp., used some of those patents Thursday to sue Google and seven companies that make smartphones using its Android software — key competitors of the companies behind Rockstar....

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