Nortel Likely to Sell Remaining Patents to Google
(The Hosting News) – Telecommunications equipment manufacturer Nortel stated that it will likely sell its remaining 6,000 patents to Google. Nortel’s patents cover a range of technology pertaining to wirless and digital communications. The Candian-based company filed for bankruptcy protection in January of 2009.
Google bid $900 million for Nortel’s patents and apps. The deal will likely take place unless another company offers a better arrangement. It’s presumed that Google will use some of the patents to advance apps for Android, which faces competition and a lawsuit from Oracle, a large computer technology manufacturer.
Oracle filed a patent lawsuit against Android in late 2010, claiming that some Android files are decompiled Oracle codes. Google stated that the best way to defend against such litigation is to have a formidable patent profile. Nortel maintained that the patents cover nearly every aspect of telecommunication.
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