Originally Posted by EricTheHalfBee
Only according to you and your definition of a patent troll. Which is wrong, as are your conclusions.
Rockstar is owned by 5 companies. This is the only legitimate way for a group of companies to collectively own a set of patents. Other options are far too messy (like giving some patents to each company and having them all sign complicated cross-licensing agreements between them). This would also require a significant effort to even accomplish as how do you decide what each patent is worth and who gets it? Further, if a patent is used to get license fees, how are they divided up (does Apple collect for its portion of patents and then distribute any monies they get to the others, or does it go into some separate joint account and distributed later).
Approx. 2000 of the original patent trove were reportedly "messily handled" like that, divided up among the players.
"RE: Rockstar Consortium and the testing of the privateer patent monetisation model
Out of the 2000 patents best patents in wireless domain will be transferred to Apple. At the time of auction it was reported that Apple will get Nortel 4G and LTE assets as it is the biggest contributor to the group. (http://www.tangible-ip.com/2011/nortel-post-mortem.htm
). Recently ownership of many standard declared patents on ETSI website has been changed from Nortel to Apple. (Example patent family http://ipr.etsi.org/PatentHistory.aspx?Ptid=507
About 225 US patents were transferred to RIM (second biggest contributor) (http://assignments.uspto.gov/assignments/q?db=pat&asnrd=ROCKSTAR%20BIDCO,%20LP
EMC was supposed to get ownership of data storage related patents and Ericsson (lowest contributor) was supposed to get only license to all the portfolio. If we assume Ericsson’s contribution ($340mn) as base for license to the portfolio, patents should be distributed as below.
Contribution For acquisition Patents
Apple $2000mn $1660mn 1340
MSFT & Sony $1000mn $320mn 260
RIM $770mn $430mn 350
EMC $400mn $60mn 50
Ericsson $340mn $0mn 0
Assuming Microsoft and Sony need to contribute ($680mn) for license and EMC also took license to the porfolio( which is highly unlikely). Also assuming all 2000 patents are of equal value."