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Firm that sued Apple, Google And RIM purchased more than 2,000 patents from Ericsson

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Firm that sued Apple, Google And RIM purchased more than 2,000 patents from Ericsson
Unwired Planet is, for lack of a better term, a patent troll. With its IP portfolio, it was able to take tech heavyweights like Apple, Google and RIM to court . But in order to keep suing the big boys, the company needs new patents to wield against them. That is why Unwired Planet recently purchased 2,185 U.S. and International patents and patent applications from Ericsson. 753 of the patents relate to 2G, 3G and LTE technology. From 2014 through 2018, Ericsson will toss in 100 additional patents a year.

In return, Ericsson will have access to all of Unwired Planet's patent portfolio and also was given the rights to receive a certain percentage of revenues generated from Unwired Planet's patents. Some of the patents purchased from the Swedish based firm cover aspects of wireless technology such as GSM, GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA and LTE. Ericsson is basically giving up the patents hoping that Unwired Planet can make more money for it using them in court, than if Ericsson merely licensed them.

"(Unwired Planet looks) forward to leveraging a strong, multi-dimensional patent portfolio and furthering discussions with key industry players who are interested in licensing these inventions to protect and further build their product strategies."-Mike Mulica, CEO, Unwired Planet

source: UnwiredPlanet via BGR

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posted on 11 Jan 2013, 22:59 12

1. Johnnokia (Posts: 512; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Ericsson, Nokia and Motorola are floating on patents' sea .. They are the real inventors of Phone's world.
Thank you greats ..

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 11:56 5

13. Atlas (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)


That is the most sense I've heard in a while.

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 23:01 7

2. wendygarett (unregistered)


I wish I can afford one of these patents, and see how is being patent troll looks like :p

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 10:14 4

11. opensourceftw (banned) (Posts: 148; Member since: 01 Jan 2013)


It's kinda like your job here as a troll, except you get paid.

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 11:04 3

12. Johnnokia (Posts: 512; Member since: 27 May 2012)


No please, Wendy is so funny and I like him

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 23:06 3

3. phljcnth (Posts: 264; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Ugh! This gold digger!

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 23:16

4. reyenrique (Posts: 90; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)


good for them

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 23:22 4

5. MC1123 (Posts: 1240; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


this is just ANNOYING!!!! really hate those patent troll! innovation stopper! but then again they have the right! but again, how will innovation grow? but this "unwired planet" wasnt the one who made those patent...they just buy it!

who started this patient trolling anyway!!

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 23:26

6. wendygarett (unregistered)


In America, you can actually sue McDonald for gai

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 23:27 5

7. wendygarett (unregistered)


You can actually sue McDonald for making their loyal customers gaining fat tho... You just need to find a good lawyer to deal with it lol

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 23:39 5

8. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


What can't you do with money ?
Money talks...

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 23:57

10. pongkie (Posts: 501; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


Somebody in congress please make an anti patent troll bill so industries start innovating again

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