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Monday, 01 August 2011 18:11

Government investigating Nortel patent sale

Written by Nick Farell
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Looks like things were not home and hosed after all
Last month's $4.5 billion sale of Nortel's patent portfolio faces a tougher time from government watchdogs than the cartel buying it thought. The patents were bought by Microsoft, Apple,  Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion, and Sony in a move which could prove a major headache for Google and Android.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. Department of Justice is "intensifying" an investigation of the portfolio buyers to see whether they plan on launching litigation against competitors, specifically ones using Google's Android. That deal got approval from courts in both the U.S. and Canada (where Nortel is headquartered) on July 11.

The Justice Department is interviewing the winning companies to see if they plan on filing suits against other handset makers using Google's Android operating system software. If they are then the DoJ could tell them that they can't.


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+3 #1 Jigar 2011-08-01 18:30
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if they plan on filing suits against other handset makers using Google's Android operating system software. If they are then the DoJ could tell them that they can't.


I would like to see the look on their face after the judge says none of the patent can be used to sue Google Android. All that $4.5 billion wasted...
 
 
+1 #2 youserzero 2011-08-02 07:56
I'm curious, since Nortel has declared bankruptcy who do the proceeds of this $4.5 billion dollar patent sale go to exactly?
 
 
0 #3 fteoath64 2011-08-07 14:46
Justice department should spot some racketeering of RockStar's contributing partners, fine them a huge sum of money, then declare them ineligible to bid again for a re-auction. So Google can offer the fair price of $950M for these patents. That will teach those scheming conspirators!.
 

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