The Winner of the Nortel Patent Portfolio…

by Da'Von B.

…Apple, Microsoft, RIM (surprise), Ericcson, EMC, and Sony are amongst a consortium that together paid $4.5 billion for the Nortel Patent portfolio. Many stories have stated and confirmed that Google initially bid $900 million on the patents, Google isn’t amongst the consortium and that raises too many questions. Google has more than enough to have made a payment on the patent portfolio…then again so do Microsoft and Apple. This is without a doubt a blow to Android, they’re constantly facing pressure from patent infringement, ongoing lawsuits, and Microsoft is making money from hardware makers that use Android. The question now is, how will this consortium use these patents to fight Google?