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Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 07/01/2011

Apple, Microsoft snap up Nortel patents, Google doesn’t

Bankrupt Canadian telecom group Nortel Networks Corp. on Friday said it is selling all of its remaining patents and patent applications to a consortium for $4.5 billion in cash. (NATHAN DENETTE - AP)
In a surprise development, Google was not the one to snap up patents from Nortel. In fact, it was just about the only major tech company not to get a piece of the pie.

Google was the first to announce it was going after the patents back in April and was considered to be the leading candidate for the Nortel’s portfolio. But the patents went to a consortium of companies, including Apple, Microsoft and Research in Motion, that paid $4.5 billion for some 6,000 patents worldwide.

Google had pursued the patents to expand its own portfolio and avoid patent litigation.

“This outcome is disappointing for anyone who believes that open innovation benefits users and promotes creativity and competition,” said Google’s Senior VP and general counsel Kent Walker. “We will keep working to reduce the current flood of patent litigation that hurts both innovators and consumers.”

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