The Rockstar Consortium, a group backed by Apple and Microsoft, is trying to unload some of its wireless patents, according to a Bloomberg report.
Research in Motion is considering whether to make a play for Nortel's wireless-patent portfolio, according to a report. Google has already bid $900 million.
Consortium including Microsoft and Sony buys 6,000 patents and patent applications from the bankrupt Canadian telecom equipment maker.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The U.S. Justice Department has given Apple the go-ahead to make a bid on Nortel's trove of patents in a sale next week.
Software giant says Google or any other bidder for the patents should be required to honor the existing licensing agreement with Microsoft.