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  • Apple May Purchase Nortel Patents



    In what would prove to be yet another logical step in the company's unending quest to secure as much mobile technology-related intellectual property as possible, Apple is believed to be among the bidders seeking the portfolio of patents presently held by Nortel Networks. Last year, Nortel Networks filed for bankruptcy and is now liquidating its assets. According to a report Friday from Reuters, Apple is not only interested in acquiring the patents, Apple may have already made an offer.

    Nortel controls better than 4,000 patents, the total value of which is estimated to be in excess of $1 billion. Understandably, Apple may be joined by Google in the bidding war, as both tech giants look to shore up their posturing in the mobile technology space. "There has been one round of bidding on those patents, this has been completed," one source told Reuters. "And what Nortel has done is divide the patents up into different lots covering different kinds of technologies."

    As Apple continues to find itself embroiled in no shortage of legal skirmishes involving patents and other intellectual properties, it isn't difficult to comprehend why the Cupertino-based outfit would seek to acquire some - but not all - of Nortel's patents, specifically those that pertain to third- and fourth-generation wireless technology. Alexander Poltorak, chief executive of General Patent Corp, says many of the patents up for grabs wield a great deal of potential power for their new owner. "It is certainly a very significant stockpile of potent weaponry, and whoever lays their hands on it is going to gain significant advantage," Poltorak stated.

    Reuters
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple May Purchase Nortel Patents started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. Infeneon's Avatar
      Infeneon -
      Again on fueling the legal battle over technology...
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Sounds like a good move
    1. iPittsburgh's Avatar
      iPittsburgh -
      Hopefully neither Apple or Google can gain too much ground over one another. The competition between the two makes it fun to see what technology each can create.
    1. eyepoper's Avatar
      eyepoper -
      we know as always that Apple is forward in introducing the newest Tech on the Market...Just like Micro Sim on the iPhone 4..
      Apple is just an Engine that when it starts with something...the other thing begin to spin automaticly toghether with him..
      Just lok at iphone interfacer with icons...tell me which Samsung.Nokia, Lg, etc etc.. doesn`t have the LOOK like the iphone..why didn`t one of them before Apple introduce that?
      Fine..now that Apple introced the iPAD.. that Stupid BLacberry introduced its PLAYBOY BOOK....ahha..I mean..why NOW...if you want to be the innovator just try it give it a try...why look after others...

      Now just wait few months more and you`ll see other phones with support fo Micro sim OR.. the Industry will tell you that Micro sim is a MUST have beacause it..bla bla bla...


      I really would like to Apple to Have all those 4000 Patents so we can we what he could bring for us in innovation
    1. braddahjosh's Avatar
      braddahjosh -
      Nortel was a dying company because of it's old technology. They couldn't keep up with companies like Cisco, Avaya, and NEC. I don't understand why Apple would want to purchase them. There's a reason why they went bankrupt.
    1. maztrr's Avatar
      maztrr -
      Quote Originally Posted by braddahjosh View Post
      Nortel was a dying company because of it's old technology. They couldn't keep up with companies like Cisco, Avaya, and NEC. I don't understand why Apple would want to purchase them. There's a reason why they went bankrupt.
      Maybe they could combine some of the "failing ideas" with there own. Anyways it all comes down to execution.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      What exactly does Nortel have to offer?
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by braddahjosh View Post
      Nortel was a dying company because of it's old technology. They couldn't keep up with companies like Cisco, Avaya, and NEC. I don't understand why Apple would want to purchase them. There's a reason why they went bankrupt.
      And Apple probably has a pretty good reason to purchase it...
    1. Blaskowski's Avatar
      Blaskowski -
      My dad use to work for this company before he quit (the company soon went bankrupt) they have some pretty wicked stuff excited about this.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      The Bid Wars have begun.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      And Apple probably has a pretty good reason to purchase it...
      Exactly. They woudnt bid on something useless. There's a reason for sure
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      What's a Nortel? Lol Jk. But why aren't they more specific about what tech patents they're buying?
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      Nortel means Not to tell...
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Is this for a new Apple netbook that they refuse to call a netbook?