Google Makes $900 Million Bid for Nortel Assets
Updated: re-wrote two sentences for clarity.
Google today announced that it has made a $900 million "Stalking-Horse" bid for patents held by Nortel. Nortel has already sold a number of its patents and intellectual properties as part of its bankruptcy filing. In 2009, for example, Ericsson won chunks of Nortel's CDMA/GSM/LTE assets. Google said it is making the bid for Nortel's patents for two reasons. It explained in a blog post, "We hope this portfolio will not only create a disincentive for others to sue Google, but also help us, our partners and the open source community — which is integrally involved in projects like Android and Chrome — continue to innovate." Google noted that it wants to build up its own portfolio of patents. ZTE has also expressed interest in Nortel's patent portfolio. The auction has yet to start, but will now use Google's initial $900 million bid as the starting point.
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.
Google Settles with Rockstar Over Patents
Google disclosed this week that it has settled a lawsuit filed against it by Rockstar regarding mobile device patents. Rockstar is a patent-holding consortium led by Apple.
Google Makes LTE Patents Available Through Via Licensing
Via Licensing today said that Google has added its LTE patents to its broader pool of LTE patents. Via Licensing collects wireless patents from a broad range of companies with the intent of licensing them at fair and reasonable rates.
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.