DOJ Probes Google, Apple Bids For Nortel Patents

Law360, New York (June 3, 2011, 8:47 PM EDT) -- Potential bidders for the patent portfolio of bankrupt Canadian telecom Nortel Networks Inc. on Friday were reportedly under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice over concerns that the winning bidder could monopolize the wireless industry.

The DOJ is reviewing a Google Inc. affiliate's $900 million stalking horse bid for the portfolio of 6,000 patents and patent applications, but the agency is more concerned with possible bidder Apple Inc., according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. Apple, involved in numerous patent disputes, was working...
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