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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My Idiotic comment
by gumoz on Sat 16th Apr 2011 18:09 UTC
gumoz
Member since:
2008-05-15

This may sound idiotic but can't Apple just outbid Google and RIM?, They have the cash, and that would look like: Hey! I am the bulliest bully in the town.

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RE: My Idiotic comment
by 0brad0 on Sat 16th Apr 2011 22:12 in reply to "My Idiotic comment"
0brad0 Member since:
2007-05-05

This may sound idiotic but can't Apple just outbid Google and RIM?, They have the cash, and that would look like: Hey! I am the bulliest bully in the town.


That is a possibility but definitely not good for douchebag companies like Apple to have said patent portfolio.

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RE: My Idiotic comment
by elsewhere on Sun 17th Apr 2011 02:11 in reply to "My Idiotic comment"
elsewhere Member since:
2005-07-13

Shareholders likely wouldn't tolerate a billion plus being spent on patents Apple doesn't need. Apple is not in the business of licensing their IP, and they already have a homegrown defensive patent portfolio. At the end of the day it would be far cheaper just to license essential tech from the other patent holders like Nokia or Motorola. Apple's biggest exposure is the risk from patent trolls, and these wouldn't protect against that.

Google, on the other hand, doesn't really have a significant patent pool to use defensively or otherwise. These patents would at least give them a bit of leverage with the other mobile heavyweights that could be used to defend their Android partners or for cross-licensing. RIM is in a similar position.

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RE[2]: My Idiotic comment
by Soulbender on Sun 17th Apr 2011 02:53 in reply to "RE: My Idiotic comment"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Google, on the other hand, doesn't really have a significant patent pool to use defensively or otherwise.


If there ever was a single sentence that describes what's wrong with the patent system this is probably it.

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