US Justice Department steps into an ongoing legal fight with an investment fund and Apple/Intel

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The US Justice Department is getting involved in an ongoing legal battle by supporting Fortress Investment as it fights an antitrust battle with Apple and Intel, as Bloomberg reports:

The U.S. Justice Department threw its weight behind the fund manager owned by Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp., which is asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit by the two Silicon Valley heavyweights accusing Fortress of bombarding them with frivolous patent-infringement claims and aggressive payment demands.

The U.S. Justice Department threw its weight behind the fund manager owned by Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp., which is asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit by the two Silicon Valley heavyweights accusing Fortress of bombarding them with frivolous patent-infringement claims and aggressive payment demands.

The case tests Apple and Intel’s argument that Fortress is acting anti-competitively by stockpiling patents to target others with infringement litigation. Similar legal theories used against patent-holding companies haven’t advanced in federal courts.

The case tests Apple and Intel’s argument that Fortress is acting anti-competitively by stockpiling patents to target others with infringement litigation. Similar legal theories used against patent-holding companies haven’t advanced in federal courts.

The government’s support for Fortress according to Justice Department antitrust chief Makan Delrahim is due to the fund not having any power in a specific market in which Apple and intel operate in. On the flip side, Apple and Intel argue near the opposite saying that Fortonress holds a vast amount of patents, and therefore acts in a “puppeteering” role as the report puts it. A Justice Department lawyer will take part in a hearing on Thursday.

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