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.
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.
Jury Says Apple Owes VirnetX $503M Over Patents
VirnetX has won another courtroom victory over Apple, this time to the tune of $502.6 million. A jury in Texas this week found that Apple is violating four patents held by VirnetX concerning secure communications between mobile devices.
Jury Says Apple Owes University $234 Million
A Wisconsin jury said Apple owes $234 million for using the university's patented technology without permission. Apple was found to violate the patents, owned by the Wisconsin Academic Research Fund (WARF), earlier this week.
FCC Sets Filing Dates for Incentive Auction
The FCC today said companies interested in participating in next year's 600MHz incentive auction need to get their paperwork in order by early December. The agency will accept applications between Dec.
Dish's Designated Entities Give Up 197 Spectrum Licenses
Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless LicenseCo surrendered 197 AWS-3 spectrum licenses and paid a $413 million fine to the FCC for defaulting on their $3.3 billion payment. Dish Networks participated in this year's auction through Northstar and SNR.
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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...