Following the long Nortel Networks patents saga from yester-year, Rockstar Consortium, which outbid other big players to grab the portfolio, sued Google, Samsung and others over alleged infringements. That hasn't been the end of recent dealing with the intellectual property, however, if sources that spoke to Bloomberg are correct, and it may be the collective has had second doubts about the value of purchase.
Google has snarked back at Microsoft's controversial "Scroogled" products, the range of anti-Google mugs, t-shirts, and other items that quietly went on sale earlier this week. The latest move in Microsoft's Gmail and Chrome sniping, the physical "Scroogled" products mark an escalation of what was previously an online campaign, but Google has issued a tongue-in-cheek statement in reply.
BlackBerry rejected approaches from Apple, Microsoft, Lenovo and others to break up the ailing Canadian company and split its assets, insiders claim, with the firm's patent portfolio apparently of particular interest. Both Microsoft and Apple were eager to acquire BlackBerry's wireless patents, sources told Reuters, but the firm's board decided a piecemeal sell-off was not in the interest of all stakeholders.
The consortium that outbid some big-name companies, Rockstar, to grab the Nortel patents up from a bankruptcy issue, has filed patent lawsuits against a variety of companies, among them being Google, Samsung, and Huawei. There are seven companies in total, and all of them are accused of various patent violations. Thus far, none of the companies have commented on the lawsuits.
Microsoft is reportedly close to acquiring key wearables patents from the Osterhout Design Group, a US military contractor and research specialist, in what's said to be a $200m deal to help take on Google Glass, Apple's rumored iWatch, and more. The purchase - which could consist solely of patents and assets, or may involve key staff or existing contracts Osterhout holds, TechCrunch reports - is yet to close, it's said, but has seen Microsoft "most aggressively" pursue the low-key firm against counter-interest from Google, Samsung, and LG.
Stephen Elop will get a $25m cut of the Microsoft-Nokia deal after the Windows Phone company buys the Finnish smartphone business, new regulatory filings have confirmed today. The payout to the outgoing CEO, which is detailed in an SEC 6-K submitted by Nokia today, calculates that Elop can expect roughly €18.8m ($25.4m), with Nokia on the hook for 30-percent of that while Microsoft will foot the remainder of the bill.
The case seems to be going Microsoft's way as a federal jury in Seattle ordered Motorola to pay Microsoft $14.5 million in damages for breach of contract. This is the latest development in an on-going spat between the two companies involving the licensing of patents owned by Motorola and used by Microsoft in a number of its products.
Late last evening, Microsoft revealed that it will be acquiring Nokia's Devices & Services division, along with licensing its patents and mapping service. Among the details was one lesser-proclaimed reality -- Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop will be stepping down from his position and taking up one within Microsoft, making him an "internal candidate" as a possible replacement to Microsoft CEO Ballmer.
This has been a big week for Microsoft and its position in the smartphone world. Yesterday, Microsoft announced that it would be purchasing Nokia's devices and services business. Microsoft also announced that it intends to continue licensing Windows Phone to other companies despite the fact that it will be able to build its own hardware.