Apple, Microsoft, RIM Win Nortel Patents
Nortel announced late Thursday that a consortium of six different companies have won its 6,000 patents in an auction that took place this week. The list of winners includes Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, RIM, and Sony. Not among the winners was Google, which placed the initial $900 million stalking horse bid, and Intel. According to Nortel, the patents won a total of $4.5 billion from the six companies involved. RIM indicated that it spent $770 million in the auction, while Ericsson said it paid $340 million. The other companies involved have not shared the dollar value of their bids. The 6,000 patent chest contains patents pertaining to wireless technology, Long Term Evolution 4G, data networking, voice technologies, and more. The auction was one of the final steps in Nortel's dissolution following bankruptcy. The proceeds will be used to pay back Nortel's creditors.
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.
ITC to Investigate Ericsson's Patent Claims Against Apple
The U.S. International Trade Commission agreed to examine Ericsson's claims that Apple is violating its wireless patents.
AT&T, Verizon Dominate AWS-3 Auction
The FCC today published a list of companies that placed winning bids for the AWS-3 spectrum auction. The FCC auctioned off 1,600 licenses, for which 70 companies were competing.
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'Apple, Microsoft, RIM Win Nortel Patents'
Did you read that Microsoft and RIM are also included on that line? #EPICFAIL
I'm under the impression that every time the word 'apple' appe...