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  • RIM May Pay 'Any Price' to Beat Apple, Google Out of Nortel Patents


    Research in Motion wants to drive the nails through the coffin on Google and Apple's respective efforts to secure the bevy of highly valuable patents up for grabs from bankrupt Nortel - patents that contain hot, in-demand technologies for the LTE 4G networking standard.

    According to reports published this weekend, the BlackBerry maker is gunning for the likes of Google and Apple to secure the patents "at any price." And, in terms of price, this one is definitely a sticker shock in the making. Just days ago, The Wall Street Journal reported that Google's bid - which is still on the table - stands at $900 million.

    “Google is a relatively young company, and although we have a growing number of patents, many of our competitors have larger portfolios given their longer histories,” Google general counsel Kent Walker told the WSJ. “So after a lot of thought, we’ve decided to bid for Nortel’s patent portfolio in the company’s bankruptcy auction."

    From Bloomberg:
    Nortel filed for bankruptcy in January 2009 after a loss of $5.8 billion as its customers put off spending on new equipment amid the recession. Since then, Nortel has raised about $3 billion for its creditors by selling businesses, with the patents portfolio the last of the major assets to be sold.
    The bankruptcy auction is precisely why these attractive 6000 patents are up for grabs.

    Although it isn't clear just how much Apple, Nokia and RIM are bidding, sources say RIM is poised to out-bid them all if it means obtaining Nortel's patents. Of course, this is merely hearsay. But if RIM is serious and plans to counter Google's offer - at this time it doesn't appear that Apple will, despite having the financial resources to do so - an auction will be held June 20 to determine who will get the goods.

    Patent attorneys and industry analysts who have weighed in on the matter almost universally concur that bidding will ultimately top $1 billion for the patents - patents, many say, that could easily return that large investment in a relatively short period of time.

    Source: WSJ, Bloomberg
    This article was originally published in forum thread: RIM May Pay 'Any Price' to Beat Apple, Google Out of Nortel Patents started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Like RIM could really outbid Apple or Google?
    1. jmillermcp's Avatar
      jmillermcp -
      Apple would be foolish to give up the oppurtunity to purchase these patents and RIM is even more foolish if they think they have enough capital to outbid either Apple or Google.
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheOrioles33 View Post
      Like RIM could really outbid Apple or Google?
      That's the first thing I thought.
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      Lol at RIM for thinking a portfolio of patents is gonna keep their afloat.

      In before RIMs patent auction.
    1. ShredNasty's Avatar
      ShredNasty -
      RIM's gonna need some patents after their FailBook launches.
    1. pb89552's Avatar
      pb89552 -
      Let's club together and buy them :-)
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Too late RIM: I've already asked Uncle Steve to buy me the patents for my birthday.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Apple bids: $901 million and takes it!
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      I see why not? RIM bought the "TAT" , a company known for there specialties in 3D UI's ect...
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      This could get ugly. Ugly if you're against lots of money, that is.
    1. dabisnit's Avatar
      dabisnit -
      RIM has a lot more phones out on the market than most of you think. Theyve got some deep pockets
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheOrioles33 View Post
      Like RIM could really outbid Apple or Google?
      I second that motion!
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      RIP to RIM!!!
      Your pockets don't go deep enough if Apple is interested and I really do hope Apple is.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Apple has about $50B to play with. Thanks for trying, RIM. Please come play again.
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      ...besides, it's not like RIM would know what to do with the patents if they managed to get them...besides going on a suing spree that is!! :-p
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Why not just divide them up., let all the companies use them. if one company buys them all it may give that company an unfair advantage and that's always bad fur the consumers.
    1. utahfuntimes's Avatar
      utahfuntimes -
      They can't compete so instead they decide to become patent trolls. Nice.
    1. back9player's Avatar
      back9player -
      Quote Originally Posted by coolguy742 View Post
      I second that motion!
      You are both idiots... Do you realize how long RIM has been around? And how much of the market share they held for a very long time?
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by utahfuntimes View Post
      They can't compete so instead they decide to become patent trolls. Nice.
      Paten trolls? you're talking about Apple right?
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Quote Originally Posted by back9player View Post
      You are both idiots... Do you realize how long RIM has been around? And how much of the market share they held for a very long time?
      1) don't call me an idiot because that makes it personal and nobody likes a personal argument aka "flame war"
      2) I know that RIM has been around for a long time but I do believe that Apple has a lot more money (brb ima go check some stocks and shareholder reports lol)
      Ok I checked some stocks
      Aapl- 327.46
      RIMM-52.7
      Goog-530.7
      So clearly Apple has far more assets than RIM does and Google has even more than Apple. Debate won.