Microsoft Along With Other Consortium Members Including Apple,RIM Buys Nortel’s Patents For $4.5 billion


Nortel, a bankrupted company held an auction for selling its IP of more than 6000 patents in different areas of technologies including wireless, wireless 4G, data networking, optical, voice, internet, semiconductors and other patents involving next generation communication technologies. Google started the bidding at $900 million, followed by other companies joining the auction soon after it. Due to significant interest, the final bidding date was even postponed once. At last, yesterday Nortel Networks announced that its patents were won in the auction by a consortium whose members are Microsoft, Apple, Ericsson, EMC, RIM, and Sony for about $4.5 billion. Further approvals by courts are still pending, but if everything goes in Microsoft/Apple way, then its going to be a huge nightmare for Google and its Android OEM’s. Android currently has about 30-40 patent litigation cases and many OEM’s are paying royalties to companies like Microsoft in fear of poor IP related to Android.  Hope this turns the OEM’s such as HTC and Samsung focus on Windows Phones to deliver their ultimate experience.

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