Nortel's patent pile sold

Nortel has announced
that it has sold its pile of patents for $4.5 billion. "The
sale includes more than 6,000 patents and patent applications spanning
wireless, wireless 4G, data networking, optical, voice, internet, service
provider, semiconductors and other patents. The extensive patent portfolio
touches nearly every aspect of telecommunications and additional markets as
well, including Internet search and social networking." Google's
attempt to buy these patents failed; they have gone to a consortium made up
of Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion and Sony. It's not
hard to image unpleasant things resulting from that.