Courtland Reichman, McKool Smith partner
Courtland Reichman, McKool Smith partner (Greg Mooney)

SAN FRANCISCO — Rockstar Consortium has turned to McKool Smith to fend off a Northern District patent suit filed by Google.

Courtland Reichman, founding partner of McKool Smith’s Silicon Valley office, and Dallas partner David Sochia entered appearances on Thursday for Rockstar, a patent holding group owned by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony. Represented by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Google sued in December for declaratory judgment that it does not infringe seven Rockstar patents for smartphone technology.

Rockstar acquired its vast collection of patents after Nortel went bankrupt in 2011. It paid $4.5 billion for the patent portfolio, outbidding Google. The group has asserted its IP assets aggressively, suing Google for violating patents related to Internet search advertising and also accusing Android manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics Co. and HTC Corp. of infringing a host of smartphone patents. Rockstar filed the spate of suits in the Eastern District of Texas of Oct. 31.

Rockstar tapped Susman Godfrey to represent it in the suit against Google in Texas. But McKool Smith, a firm best known for plaintiffs work, has steered much of Rockstar’s offensive litigation.

Reichman and Sochia did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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