Summary: “Antitrust officials probing sale of patents to Google’s rivals,” reports the Washington Post, naming action from the American Antitrust Institute (AAI)
The sale immediately raised concern among some antitrust experts. This week, the American Antitrust Institute sent a letter to the Justice Department asking antitrust officials to begin an investigation of the sale ahead of Nortel’s bankruptcy proceedings, set for Monday.
Canadian regulators too are looking at this, so we need not assume that the patent sale is final. Maybe the regulators will defang the buyers by adding a condition such as, “these patents cannot be used offensively.” We saw CPTN facing some barriers tied to the GPLv2.
In our latest daily links we included 2 links that show how Android is growing at the expense of the iPad, share-wise. Apple and Microsoft would love to stop this rapid growth and the only method they have left is the last resort of patent offensives. █