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Rockstar: patent protector, or bad for innovation?

rockstar-nortel-patent-company.jpgWhen people talk about Nortel these days, it's normally in the past tense. But the ghost of Nortel lives on, in the company that owns its patents. That company is called Rockstar, and it's making huge waves in the high tech world -- going after Google, Samsung and other giants, accusing them of stealing its intellectual property.

 

We talked about Rockstar's recent lawsuits on this program a few weeks ago. The company has offices here, in Kanata -- filled with people who used to work for Nortel. Now they protect the Nortel patents, and say they're writing a happy ending to the Nortel tragedy. But others aren't so sure it's a happy ending -- in fact, some go as far to call Rockstar a patent "troll". All in a Day's Susan Burgess joined us to explain why.

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