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Apple, Microsoft group to sell Nortel patents

The Rockstar Consortium, a group backed by Apple and Microsoft, is trying to unload some of its wireless patents, according to a Bloomberg report.

By December 23, 2013


Google, Samsung, and more sued over Rockstar's patents

Apple- and Microsoft-backed Rockstar Consortium, which bought Nortel Network's 6,000 patent portfolio, goes after some of tech's other heavy hitters for alleged patent infringement.

By October 31, 2013


Where most of Nortel's $4.5B patent collection ended up

It's been nearly a year since telecomm giant Nortel sold off its patent portfolio, and its buyers have been quick to turn it into a business.

By May 21, 2012


Nortel hacked for years but failed to protect itself, report says

The company didn't try hard enough to stop a 10-year incursion by hackers likely working from China, says a former Nortel exec cited by the Wall Street Journal.

By February 14, 2012


DOJ clears Apple-Microsoft-RIM deal to buy Nortel patents

Along with green-lighting Google's buy of Motorola, the Justice Department today OKs an Apple-Microsoft-RIM partnership deal to buy Nortel patents, and Apple's plan to acquire Novell patents.

By February 13, 2012


Apple nabs 1,024 patents from Rockstar Consortium

Even though the tech giant is a member of the consortium that bought thousands for patents from Nortel Networks last year, it's quietly been in the process of buying some patents of its own.

By November 15, 2012


Report: Nortel portfolio buyers facing DOJ scrutiny

The sale of Nortel's portfolio of 6,000 patents and patent applications may be in the bag, but the Justice Department is reportedly chatting with the buyers to find out what they intend to do with the intellectual property.

By July 29, 2011


Apple staked $2.6B in buy of Nortel patent portfolio

A detail in Apple's 10-Q filing shows the company staked more than half of the buy-in for Nortel's patent portfolio last month.

By July 21, 2011


Nortel patent sale gets court approval

Judges in the U.S. and Canada approve the $4.5 billion sale of Nortel's patent collection to a consortium of companies including Apple, RIM, and Microsoft.

By July 11, 2011


Apple, RIM in group buying Nortel patents for $4.5B

Consortium including Microsoft and Sony buys 6,000 patents and patent applications from the bankrupt Canadian telecom equipment maker.

By June 30, 2011