A consortium of Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion and Sony has beaten Google to pay $US4.5 billion for more than 6,000 Nortel patents and patent applications spanning wireless, wireless 4G, data networking, optical, voice, internet, service provider, semiconductors and other patents.
The Department of Justice's antitrust division has cleared Google's proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility along with the acquisition by Apple, Microsoft and Research in Motion of a number of Nortel patents, and the acquisition by Apple of certain Novell patents , but has expressed concerns about the "ambiguity" of Google's policies around standard essential patents.
Google's Android operating system could face new legal attacks from Microsoft and Apple, now that their & Rockstar Bidco LP& consortium has won court permission to purchase Nortel Networks' patent portfolio.
The acquisition of Nortel's half of LG-Nortel by Ericsson could see the company in Australia expanding from small to medium enterprise telephony markets into large enterprise, carriers and possibly vying for NBN Co's PON contracts.
Less than two years after exiting the enterprise telephony market by selling its business to Aastra, Ericsson has got back in again by buying Nortel's half of LG-Nortel, Nortel's joint venture with Korean manufacturer LG.
Summary: New evidence which shows increased opposition to some software patents and bizarre turns taken by the patent system when lawyers are put in charge
THE FFII’s president shares what he labelled “EFF letter to the US Supreme Court [PDF] about software patents and binaries as prior art” (the latter is humour).
For those who missed the context of it, the EFF supports an at
Summary: An overview of news about SCO (copyright challenge) and software patents, which are increasingly being used to threaten the legality of Free/libre software
Microsoft’s and Apple’s #1 weapon against software freedom appears to be software patents. More and more people recognise this, especially now that SCO is passé.