Microsoft Seeking to Alter Nortel Patent Sale Terms
Microsoft today submitted a filing with the Delaware bankruptcy court overseeing the auction of Nortel's patents. Microsoft objects to the current terms of the patent auction, and it claims to have "worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free license to all of Nortel's patents" according to a deal it struck with the company in 2006. Nortel said that Google, which has placed a $900 million bid on the patents, has agreed to honor the existing agreements that Nortel made concerning the 6,000 patents available. Microsoft believes that language should be added to the terms of sale that would make the existing agreements "enforceable against the purchasers of the transferred patents." HP, Motorola, and Nokia have also filed objections to the terms of the sale. Nortel is selling the patents to repay creditors as part of its bankruptcy settlement. Other companies, including Apple, Sony Ericsson and possibly RIM, are expected to participate in the auction later this month.
FTC Wants Mobile Industry to Be Better At Security Updates
The current state of mobile device security patches is lacking, according to a new report issued today by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC studied how Apple, BlackBerry, Google, HTC, LG, Microsoft, Motorola, and Samsung support their devices over time.
Intel Targeting 2019 5G Launch in Phones and PCs
Intel today announced a range of efforts in the 5G space, including its timeline for bringing new Intel-powered 5G devices to market. The company says it has been developing 5G technology for some now, including virtualized network functionality and software defined networks.
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 and Samsung Settle Patent Licensing Deal
Nokia today said it has reached an agreement with Samsung over the licensing of its wireless patents. The companies have been disputing the value of Nokia's patents since Nokia sold its handset division to Microsoft.