Justice Dept Approves Rockstar Consortium's Patent Grab
The U.S. Department of Justice today gave Rockstar Consortium the permission it needs in order to move ahead with its planned purchase of approximately 4,000 patents from the defunct Nortel. The consortium, which includes Apple, Microsoft, RIM, Ericsson, and Sony, said it would buy the patents for $4.5. billion, with Apple contributing the lion's share of the purchase price at $2.6 billion. The patent portfolio consists of assets related to a broad array of networking, communications, and internet technologies.
Apple's Patent Consortium to Sell 4,000 Patents for $900M
Rockstar Consortium, a patent-holding company headed by Apple, has agreed to sell more than 4,000 mobile patents for about $900 million. Apple and partners Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony paid $4.5 billion for more than 6,000 patents from Nortel four years ago in order to help protect against litigation.
BlackBerry Sues Nokia Over Patents
BlackBerry filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Nokia this week. BlackBerry claims Nokia is using its patented technology in select telecommunications equipment that Nokia sells to network operators, such as T-Mobile, without the proper licenses.
Nokia, Apple File Dueling Patent Lawsuits
Nokia and Apple have this week filed patent-related lawsuits against one another in various jurisdictions. Nokia's claims, filed in Germany and the U.S., say that Apple is using Nokia's patented technology without permission.
Apple and Ericsson Argue Over LTE Patents
Apple and Ericsson have filed legal grievances against one another regarding the value of LTE patents. A patent agreement between the two companies expired two years ago and they have failed to come to terms in signing a new one.