Apple, RIM Want Nortel's Wireless Tech Patents

Lora Bentley

I've already written about Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's patent lawsuit against Google, Apple and others being dismissed for lack of specificity. In other patent news this week, Apple, Research in Motion (RIM) and Google are reportedly among those that have entered the bidding fray for the patent portfolio held by bankrupt Canadian telecom provider Nortel.

 

Ars Technica reports that Nortel has grouped the 4,000-plus patents into six different technology buckets to reduce the chances that one company will end up with the entire lot. Observers say Apple and RIM are "likely bidders" largely because of the 3G and 4G wireless technology that's up for grabs. Nortel was one of the first providers to move into fixed and mobile WiMax in the U.S., but then dropped WiMax to focus more on long-term evolution, or LTE, technology.

 

Since LTE is the 4G technology used by Verizon, and a Verizon iPhone has long been rumored to be in the works, some say Apple is focused on obtaining the LTE patents.



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