Update:This article produced a torrent of abuse, accusations and even some insight from commenters, John Gruber and others. I’ve responded further below.
Google(s goog) has filed a new lawsuit to challenge an Apple-backed consortium known as Rockstar that is using dubious patents to threaten its partners and customers in the mobile device industry.
In a complaint filed Monday in San Jose, Google claims that Rockstar’s patent campaign is taking aim at hundreds of California tech companies and that the litigation has “placed a cloud on Google’s Android platform,” threatening Nexus devices in particular.
The lawsuit amounts to an effort to shield ASUS and other companies that use the open source Android operating system from a legal extermination effort by Rockstar, which filed a wave of lawsuits in late October:
Among the myriad companies ensnared in Rockstar’s patent dragnet are customers and partners of Google who use the Android platform…