Google and Android phone makers sued by Rockstar Consortium

A patent assertion entity – The Rockstar Consortium – which is owned by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Sony and Ericsson has filed a complaint in the US for infringement of 7 patents related to smart phones by Google, Samsung, LG, HTC, Huawei, ZTE, and ASSUTek.

While this is one of many actions in this ongoing smart phone patent war, this appears to be the start of the biggest battle yet.

The patents were originally a Nortel patent which was auctioned off – Google was out bided in the auction by the Rockstar Consortium and no doubt regrets not making a higher bid.

Given the size of the players and the markets, the commercial outcome of this patent dispute will be measured in the Billions of dollars.