A patent lawsuit filed by Google will likely move the patent infringement dispute between Rockstar Consortium and several Android licensees to California rather than Texas.
A U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Court ruled Thursday to stay the Texas actions and will allow a lawsuit by Google in California to decide the case, according to PCWorld.
The infringement suit was considered "nearly identical", the court argued. Rockstar filed lawsuits in Texas in October against Samsung, HTC and other companies. In 2001, it outbid Google for Nortel Networks' patents for $4.5 billion with the backing of Microsoft, Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson and Sony. Rockstar alleged that Google partners infringed on seven of its patents and later accused Google of infringing on three of them. Google countersued in the U.S. District for the Northern District of California and asked for a ruling that it did not infringe on the Rockstar patents.
The U.S. District for the Northern District of California has seen its share of patent infringement cases, namely Apple's lawsuits against Samsung, and unfortunately for Rockstar, it may be more objective than Austin courts.