Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 16th Apr 2011 08:30 UTC
In the News "Research In Motion Ltd. is considering a bid for Nortel Networks Corp.'s portfolio of wireless technology patents that would top Google Inc.'s $900 million offer, two people familiar with the plans said. RIM, maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, is weighing an offer that would keep Google from gaining control of about 6,000 Nortel patents and patent applications, said the people, who couldn't be identified because the plans aren't public. A group of technology companies, including mobile-phone makers, may also bid on the patents to stop Google, two people said. RIM, based in Waterloo, Ontario, is considering joining the group, one person said. Nortel's patents would allow buyers to control and license technology used in BlackBerrys, Apple Inc.'s iPhone, and devices that run on Google's Android operating system."
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by jamiepedder on Sun 17th Apr 2011 22:15 UTC
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I personally would prefer Google to obtain the Nortel patents because as stated before they need it to build a pool of defensive patents.

I'm not a fanboi of any particular company or device, and have used all types of mobile phones, but I do feel Android gets a rough ride from the other players in the market.

On saying that however, if RIM went after the patents on their own I wouldn't be against that - I don't think they should get involved with the group of companies bidding to get the patents.

And I also agree that the whole patent system should be seriously reformed to bring it up to date or abolish the damn thing altogether.

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