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Google bids $900M for Nortel's patents

4/4/2011 10:24 PM EDT
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krisi
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krisi   4/8/2011 2:24:15 PM
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I received this response from someone closer to Google: "I saw your comments on the EETimes article, wondering why Google is interested in Nortel patents. The reason is simple: to protect Android against RIM/BlackBerry and Apple/iPhone. If Apple or RIM decide to sue Google over software features in Android, how would Google defend themselves? Buying a huge Nortel warchest gives them plausible means to counter-sue, thus settling out of court. It would keep Apple and RIM from litigating against Google. However, Google could also use it to litigate against Apple or RIM, if it chose to do so. RIM will probably be bidding on the Nortel patents as well. The more cynical side is to believe that Google wants to set a high price floor to entry, making RIM pay even more for it, potentially weakening the competitor. I'd also speculate that the Nortel patent warchest includes lots of stuff about network switches. Smart network switches which play an increasing role in the datacentres, which Google may want to commercialize. That is, they may want to sell a "datacentre cloud solution", which includes servers, network switches, and software, much like Microsoft's Azure, rather than selling the service of using Google's datacentre. No matter what way you slice it, I see a lot of reasons why Google would like to bid. I'm not sure the reasons add up to $900m, but hey that's just me"...hope these comments settle the issue "why"...Kris

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elctrnx_lyf   4/7/2011 4:08:48 PM
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May be Google is harboring the arms that it might require to put out inventive networking technologies in the future.

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apummer945   4/5/2011 11:15:14 PM
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inlewski says:"Most of these patents have nothing to do with Google business." but we could modify that sentence a bit and than Google's move makes more sense" Most of these patents have nothing to do with Google's present business....

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krisi   4/5/2011 3:40:35 PM
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thank you @yalanand, this slowly is starting to make sense...I am really surprised Google has only 600 patents, for such an innovative company this is very low...compared to 17,000 for Microsoft (I do realize one is much older than the other, still, the difference is very significant)...Kris

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goafrit   4/5/2011 12:53:24 PM
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Maybe this is a defensive strategy. But for what?

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goafrit   4/5/2011 12:52:56 PM
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Yes, can someone explain this? I am getting confused with what Google is doing these days.

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yalanand   4/5/2011 7:10:32 AM
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Here is some info which i found on FT.com "Companies including Oracle, Microsoft and Apple have taken aim at Android as it has risen to become the most widely-used software on touchscreen handsets, potentially slowing its adoption and raising the spectre of high licensing fees for hardware makers. Bulking up on its patent holdings would give Google a stronger defence against such attacks, software industry experts said." You can check the full info here : http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/401793d0-5ee5-11e0-a2d7-00144feab49a.html#axzz1Id8BdBhY

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chanj0   4/5/2011 12:59:20 AM
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If Nortel was suing Google, the acquisition of patents would be easy to explain. What's Google really up to is totally a mystery. The patent office has been overwhelmed by number of patents. The patent litigation has been increased in the last few years. Would Google's move have anything to do with these problems?

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krisi   4/5/2011 12:00:18 AM
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I know, I read that part...but how are patents in the telecom space help Google? Most of these patents have nothing to do with Google business...I remain puzzled...Kris

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kdboyce   4/4/2011 11:57:50 PM
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I think the key reason for the bid is already in the article, as in. ....the acquisition of Nortel's patent portfolio would discourage others from suing Google. This move would portend even bigger forays by Google into the communications and communications control arena. Control the information and the means for users to get it, and that is how you can grow bigger, provided an alternative does not appear.

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