Intel Also Cleared to Bid on Nortel Patents
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has given Intel the green light to participate in next week's auction of Nortel patents. Nortel is selling off a trove of some 6,000 patents to satisfy bankruptcy obligations. The patents in question cover 3G/4G wireless, internet, voice, data and optical networking, semiconductors, and other assorted technologies. Antitrust regulators have already cleared Apple to participate in the auction. RIM is also interested in the auction. Google has already made a $900 million bid for the patents. The auction is scheduled to begin Monday, June 27.
Apple Cleared of Violating Conversant Patents
Apple was exonerated in a Texas courtroom Monday where a jury found it had not infringed on five wireless patents held by Conversant Intellectual Property Management. Core Wireless, a Conversant subsidiary, sued Apple in 2012 over a dozen patents.
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 to Sit Out Incentive Auction
Google will not participate in next month's spectrum auction, says the company. The deadline to file applications for the auction passed on February 10.
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.