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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

June 26 2011

20:02

Why the auction of 6,000 Nortel patents on Monday is interesting for Google, Apple, Microsoft & Co

paidContent :: One of the most pivotal events at the intersection of patent law and the mobile industry kicks off on Monday, when the fate of 6,000 Nortel patents will be put on sale before a who’s who of mobile industry giants. Google, Apple, Research in Motion, Ericsson, Microsoft, ZTE, and patent holding company RPX have all been rumored or confirmed to be interested in the patent portfolio. The winner of these patents could be poised to unleash a new wave of lawsuits against the mobile industry ...

Tom Krazit, paidContent on what you need to know about the historic auction.

Continue to read Tom Krazit, paidcontent.org

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