Apple And Google Bidding for Wireless Patent House InterDigital?

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  1. macrumors bot




    Apple and Google are weighing bids for InterDigital, a mobile-technology R&D firm that holds an extensive patent portfolio related to digital wireless radiotelephony technology, including 3G and 4G, according to Bloomberg.

    InterDigital's wireless patents, according to its CEO, are "deeper and stronger" than Nortel's. A consortium led by Apple purchased Nortel's thousands of patents for $4.5 billion last month beating out a bid by Google.
    InterDigital's stock price rose steeply over the past two days after news of Apple and Google's interest began to leak out. InterDigital currently has a market cap of $3.1 billion. The company announced in a press release that it had "initiated a process to explore and evaluate potential strategic alternatives for the company, which may include a sale or other transaction."

    InterDigital claims licensing agreements with dozens of companies including Apple, HTC, Nokia, and RIM.

    Article Link: Apple And Google Bidding for Wireless Patent House InterDigital?
  2. macrumors 6502a

    So, 2 companies with record quarters are bidding for a bunch of patents. I wonder how this will end up. :D
  3. res1233, Jul 20, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011

    macrumors 65816


    This patent crap gives me a headache... Honestly, patents don't really help. If the guy who created the wheel still had his patent now, where would we be?

    I mean, at the time, the wheel was innovative and new. If they had patents back then, I'm sure he could have gotten one.
  4. macrumors 6502

    That guy who created the wheel, wouldn't be motivated to do it, if he didn't get to keep the rights of the wheel... What's the point of creating a wheel if everyone else is going to steal your idea! lol

    For example, Why would google spend money in research and development, when they can just copy all the innovations that apple has created.
  5. macrumors regular

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    Wheels are crap without roads
  6. macrumors 65816


    Well at this point everyone HAS stolen that guy's idea... It just seems like putting off the inevitable. Patents do run out at some point.
  7. macrumors 6502

    There are no wheels in the iPhone. Worthless invention.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    For example, Why would Apple spend money in research and development, when they can just copy all the innovations that S3 (owned by HTC) has created. :p
  9. macrumors G5


    There’s some chance that Android is based on the iPhone more than the iPhone is based on HTC... Search for Android before iPhone :p
  10. macrumors 68000

    Lol. What a joke.
  11. macrumors 6502


    I'm waiting for iPatents 3.0.
  12. macrumors 68000



    Seriously, both of these companies need these patents for defensive purposes, but at the same time the winner is going to also use them offensively. The stakes keep going up.
  13. macrumors regular

    King Flamez1

    apple can buy anything it wants... :rolleyes:
  14. macrumors 603


    Afghanistan and Packistan? It would solve a problem. They could rule they do not need to tax themselves and give the entire population free wireless internet access and iTunes gift cards. That ought to end the hostilities real fast. :)
  15. macrumors newbie

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    The most impressive thing is that Apple could bid this to several billion dollars and make it all back in clear profit in one financial quarter.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    I wonder how India would feel about that. They might like it.
  17. macrumors regular

    Google vs. Apple
    Round....idk what number it is now
  18. macrumors member

    I really hope Google gets these patents. it would really suck if Android went away. In my opinion it is currently the best mobile OS.

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