Google loses Nortel Patents

Google, which in April started the bidding at $900M for 6,000 Nortel patents, indicated that claiming these patents was crucial to shoring up their ability to forestall future patent infringement lawsuits.

In a period of four days, after a number of bids by Google that were based on mathematical constants such as PI (at one point, Google bid $3.14159B) or values based on Brun’s constant, Google was outbid by Apple and it partner consortium which included Microsoft, EMC, RIM, Ericsson and Sony.

Google now has to deal with the multitude of attacks on what has been expressed to handset manufacturers so far as a ‘royalty-free’ platform.  The first and largest comes from Oracle in the amount of $2.6B in which Oracle asserts that Google has violated patents pertaining to the Java language.  Additionally, Microsoft has been very successful in reaching royalty agreements with a number of Android handset manufacturers based on Google infringements of Microsoft patents.

The promise of a free and open mobile operating system has proven not to be so free after all.

An important factor with the outcome of the Nortel patents is that Apple has won clear and distinct ownership of the LTE or more commonly known, 4G patents.  Apple has also claimed patent ownership over a number of additional patents that clearly are targeted towards fighting and potentially, killing Android.

About Grant Fengstad

I’m a technology professional in the travel and transportation sector and have been very involved with the Internet for over 20 years.