The consortium including Apple and Microsoft which spent $4.5 billion acquiring patents from Nortel is …
David Drummond (pictured), SVP and chief legal officer of Google, used the company’s official blog to argue that the company is the subject of “a hostile, organised campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents.”
The Wall Street Journal reported that the US Justice Department is “intensifying” an investigation into whether companies including Apple, Microsoft and RIM could use the patent portfolio they recently acquired from Nortel Networks to “unfairly hobble competing smartphones using Google’s Android software,” as it was separately reported that Google had strengthened its own patent armoury with an acquisition of intellectual property from IBM.
Cash-rich Apple contributed more than half of the US$4.5 billion paid last month for Nortel’s 6,000-strong patent portfolio. The Cupertino-based technology giant was part of a winning consortium that also included EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion and Sony.