The Justice Department's antitrust authorities have approved reported today., the Wall Street Journal
The conclusion, attributed to unnamed sources, means that the purchase of the intellectual property from the bankrupt telecommunications company wouldn't be anticompetitive, and it significantly advances Google's bid.
Microsoft, a top Google competitor, hasabout the purchase. AT&T, Nokia, Hewlett-Packard, and Verizon also have filed objections, the Journal said.
Patents are a hot commodity these days with an explosion of lawsuits among tech giants. Some of those cases involve Google--directly as in the case of Oracle's suit about Java or indirectly through partners using Google's Android operating system. And many of those suits revolve around mobile technology, where Nortel can be expected to have holdings.