Justice Department to Keep Its Eye On Nortel Patent Auction
The U.S. Department of Justice plans to overlook the bidding process for a huge number of patents held by Nortel. Nortel, which went bankrupt, has been auctioning off pieces of its business units since 2009. One of the last remaining pieces contains 6,000 patents pertaining to Long Term Evolution, Wi-Fi, social networking, and wireless video. Google has already submitted a $900 million stalking horse bid for the patents. Apple and RIM are also interested in the patents. The reason this auction has caught the Justice Department's eye is because the firm that wins the patents could "hobble" competitors, according to sources cited by the Wall Street Journal. In particular, the Justice Department has conducted talks with Apple concerning the patents because it considers Apple to be litigious when it comes to intellectual property rights. The auction is scheduled for June 20.
FCC and Justice Dept. Likely to Approve AT&T-DirecTV Deal
The FCC and Department of Justice are wrapping up their review of AT&T's proposed $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV and don't have any real concerns, according to people familiar with the matter. The agencies may still impose conditions on the deal, but aren't likely to block it, says the Wall Street Journal.
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.
Justice Dept. Receives Offer to Help Unlock iPhone
The U.S. Department of Justice may have found a way to unlock the San Bernadino shooter's iPhone without Apple.
Justice Dept. Wants Senior Judge to Weigh iPhone Case
The U.S. Department of Justice resubmitted a case against Apple today after a magistrate judge recently sided with Apple.
Justice Dept. Suggests FCC Limit AT&T, Verizon Auction Participation
Officials at the Justice Department are concerned AT&T and Verizon will dominate the upcoming 600MHz auction if more protections aren't put in place by the FCC. The agency filed a letter with the FCC this week suggesting the FCC give more weight to the concerns of companies such as Sprint and T-Mobile, which seek to limit AT&T and Verizon's participation.
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