Friday, July 1, 2011

Apple, Microsoft, RIM, Others Team Up To Beat Back Google For Valuable" Mobile Patents

The mobile scene is one of the most confusing and exciting to watch.  These days, mobile tech is just pretty much how we live our lives whether people want to admit it or not.  It isn't about Google versus Apple versus RIM versus Nokia.  It's also about clashes of politics and philosophies, trying to win the hearts and minds of the next generation, and, of course, hundreds of billions at stake across different industries  So, we should not be surprised to see that Apple, Microsoft, RIM, and others offer $4.5 billion for Nortel's mobile patents.  

At stake for mobile warriors like us are wireless and other 4G tech.  Over 6,000 patents were in play when Google first offered $900 million.  However, just because Google lost does not mean that the winners will soon launch a plethora of lawsuits against everyone else  The winners like Apple were subject to regulatory reviews by the US and Canadian governments prior to the bidding.

On a personal level, I wonder how close Google's own bid was and whether they formed their own consortium with fellow Android allies.

Source: Infoworld.

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