Friday, July 1, 2011

Microsoft, Apple, RIM, Sony, etc.. buy patents for $ 4.5 billion

The Canadian equipment supplier Nortel sold its patent portfolio to a consortium of Microsoft, Apple, RIM, Sony, Ericsson and EMC for the tidy sum of $ 4.5 billion. 6000 These patents cover a broad range of technologies in communications (telephone network, 4G, optical communications, internet), semiconductors and even the search engines or social networks.

Nortel, which declared bankruptcy in January 2009 has already sold some of its subsidiaries, including CDMA/LTE to Ericsson for $ 1 billion in July 2009. Microsoft, Apple, RIM, Sony, Ericsson and EMC will share Nortel patents in proportion to their participation: Ericsson said he contributed $ 340 million, RIM for $ 740 million.

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