Nortel Patent Sale Under Scrutiny

7:10 AM The US Department of Justice is reportedly still reviewing Nortel's $4.5B patents sale

Michelle Donegan, Contributing Editor, Light Reading

October 18, 2011

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Nortel Patent Sale Under Scrutiny

7:10 AM -- The US$4.5 billion sale of Nortel Networks Ltd. 's patents to the rockstar consortium of six companies is still being reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice , according to a report from the legal news outlet, Law360.

Speaking on a panel at the annual conference for the Licensing Executives Society in San Diego on Monday, David Kaefer, general manager of intellectual property licensing for Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), reportedly said the group was awaiting guidance on the deal from the DoJ. (See Done Deal for Nortel Patents? , Nortel Sells Patents for $4.5B and Nortel Patent Sale Closes.)

Microsoft is one of the members in the consortium that acquired Nortel's patents. The other members are Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC), Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), BlackBerry and Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE). The patent sale closed on July 29. So, what is the DoJ still investigating? And how significant is this probe in terms of the effect it could have on the companies that acquired the patents?

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

About the Author(s)

Michelle Donegan

Contributing Editor, Light Reading

Michelle Donegan is an independent technology writer who has covered the communications industry on both sides of the Pond for the past twenty years.

Her career began in Chicago in 1993 when Telephony magazine launched an international title, aptly named Global Telephony. Since then, she has upped sticks (as they say) to the UK and has written for various publications, including Communications Week International, Total Telecom, Light Reading, Telecom Titans and more.

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