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.
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 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.
Luna Mobile Licenses Microsoft Patents
Microsoft today announced a new partnership with Luna Mobile, which has agreed to license Microsoft's technology patents for mobile devices. Luna has committed to launching 5 different smartphones this year, ranging in price from $139 to $459.