/// Apple and Intel Could Raise Ante in Google’s Play for Nortel Patents

June 17, 2011  |  All Things Digital


Earlier this week Nortel postponed the bankruptcy auction for its collection of 6,000-plus wireless patents by seven days, citing a “significant level of interest” in them. Now the source of that interest has been identified: Intel, Ericsson AB and patent risk solutions provider RPX , who’ve all been accepted as qualified bidders in the June 27 auction. Also qualified as a bidder: Apple, which, as AllThingsD reported back in December , has been sniffing around Nortel’s IP for months now. With these four participating in the auction for Nortel’s portfolio, it seems almost certain Google will have to raise its $900 million “stalking-horse bid” if it hopes to prevail. Already some private equity investors are saying the final price on the patents may reach $1.5 billion if a real bidding war erupts over them.

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Apple and Intel Could Raise Ante in Google’s Play for Nortel Patents


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