Nortel's wireless patents awarded to the likes of RIM, Apple and Microsoft for $4.5 billion, Google weeps
0. phoneArena 01 Jul 2011, 05:10 posted on
Six companies won the bid for the bankrupt Nortel's wireless patents, among which are RIM, Apple and Microsoft. Google was hoping to get the lion's share of patents, so it can fend off Android litigation...
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1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5975; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Google doesn't seem to be 'getting' it about patent acquisitions.... There are other competitors out there who are actively looking at patents as both an offensive and a defensive asset. If you are thin in your own patent portfolio, you need to bulk up on your acquisition efforts. Apple and MS seem to understand patent strategy, but not yet for Google.
3. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)
I think they got it, they were first in line to buy the portfolio but a consortium jumped in and bought it for 5x what google offered. Too pricey even for google?
Either way, smart move for MS and the others. MS especially since it sounds as if these patents will strengthen thier demand of royalties for every Android phone sold...
2. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
sure google have something planned to protect themselves...if this was the only way am sure they would have bidded even more