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July 26 2011

05:45

Nortel's 6,000 patents - Google's Ken Walker: patents are "government-granted monopolies"

Apple Insider :: Google Senior Vice President and General Counsel Ken Walker had indicated in April that Google was interested in a collection of 6,000 patents from bankrupt Canadian telecommunications equipment maker Nortel because "many of [Google's] competitors have larger portfolios given their longer histories." The search giant succeeded in placing the initial "stalking horse" bid, but ultimately lost out to a group consisting of Apple and other competitors, including as Microsoft, Research in Motion and Sony.

Shortly after the auction's results were announced, he posted a short statement describing the outcome as "disappointing for anyone who believes that open innovation benefits users and promotes creativity and competition," but declined to comment more on the matter.

Apple Insider interviewed Ken Walker calling for patent reform in the U.S. as he characterized patents as "government-granted monopolies".

Continue to read Josh Ong, www.appleinsider.com

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