It was big news when Apple, Microsoft, and RIM outbid Google for the Nortel patents. They could not allow Google to get the patents so they overpaid in an attempt to use them to derail Android, but it is possible that Google will win out.
The Justice Department is conducting an investigation to determine whether the purchase would unfairly hurt smartphone makers that use Google’s Android operating system.
The patent portfolio represents about 6.000 in total and they touch every aspect of telecommunications, including internet searching and social networking.
There has been approximately 50 lawsuits filed against Android manufacturers. It is so ridiculous, that Microsoft might be making more money from Android licensing deals than from sales of its own Windows Phone. It has put everyone in a position to look to buy companies just for patents. HTC recently bought S3 for patents against Apple, Google just bought 1,ooo IBM patents, and are looking at Interdigital for a possible source.
We need to stop these patent trolls that have no interest in innovation. I am confident that the Justice Department will find that Google is an antitrust victim, and that Apple, Microsoft, and RIM just blew $4.5 billion.