Done Deal for Nortel Patents?
But the story may not end there as the U.S. Department of Justice has been asked to take a closer look.
The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) wants the DoJ to investigate the patent purchase by Rockstar Bidco -- the group comprising Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC), Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), BlackBerry and Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE) -- which was reported here in the The Washington Post. Given that the Rockstar group has three of Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s main smartphone operating system rivals, the AAI is worried about how those companies will use their new patent powers.
The AAI said in its press statement: "The AAI warns that their collective control over the massive Nortel portfolio could enable and incent them to enforce the patents to suppress mobile device competition generally and open source competition in that field in particular."
It's bizarre to think of Google as the little guy, but in this patent case, they are. It will be interesting to see whether the DoJ takes up the challenge to investigate the Rockstars.
— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile