The most interesting thing about this development is what it means for companies like RPX and AST. These six titans put together their own “mini patent defense aggregator” and all rogue-like, went out and bought the most sought-after portfolio on the market.
The interest in the patents is driven by an increasingly competitive industry in which patent infringement suits between tech giants are becoming commonplace and patents, as a result, are becoming more important than ever.
Patent infringement suits between tech giants are commonplace, so when you have a defense aggregator that allows all member companies to take a license to a portfolio, not only won’t they be sued by our NPE friends, they take each other out of the mix as well. In this case, however, it’s a much smaller Band of Brothers doing the protecting from…what? Each other? Sure, and also The Trolls. But will any of them bring suit against the other suitors? Well, let’s take a look at some commentary:
Then again, because the winners include the makers of the iPhone, Windows Phone and BlackBerry, they could use the massive patent portfolio to go after Google and Android, as well as companies that hope to compete in the world of smartphones and tablets, such as Hewlett-Packard and Intel.
This will prove an even more interesting one to watch than it already has been.