Microsoft, AT&T Object To Terms Of $900M Nortel IP Sale

Law360, New York (June 13, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT) -- Microsoft Corp. and AT&T Services Inc. on Monday objected to bankrupt Nortel Networks Inc.'s plan to sell a 6,000 patent portfolio to Google Inc. for $900 million, saying a free-and-clear patent sale would hurt the whole industry.

Google — or whoever wins the auction — cannot be allowed to gain control of Nortel's patents without being bound by licensing deals Nortel made with industry standards settings organizations, known as SSOs, Microsoft told U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross in an objection.

The sale as proposed would allow...
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