Apple Still Interested in InterDigital's Patent Portfolio

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Last month, it was reported that Apple and Google were considering bidding to acquire mobile technology firm InterDigital, primarily for the firm's portfolio of over 8,800 patents and 9,700 pending patent applications. InterDigital had decided to explore potential strategic moves for itself, including potential sale of the company, and the company had drawn significant interest due to the current landscape of patent disputes in the mobile industry.


    With Google on Monday announcing its intent to acquire Motorola Mobility, a move which will add 17,000 patents and another 7,500 pending patent applications to Google's portfolio, InterDigital's stock dropped 20% due to Google presumably dropping out of the bidding and general fears that the patent arms race might subside as the major players fill out their portfolios to keep each other at bay.

    But Reuters reports that Apple is indeed still interested in InterDigital, and is considering making a bid to acquire the company. Other firms said to be interested in InterDigital include Nokia and Qualcomm.
    The report notes that Google has not formally withdrawn from the InterDigital auction, although it is unclear whether it will participate in the bidding after committing $12.5 billion to the Motorola Mobility purchase.

    Article Link: Apple Still Interested in InterDigital's Patent Portfolio
  2. Ulf1103, Aug 17, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2011

    Ulf1103 macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2011
    If Apple buys it, would that be any good for future Apple products?
    Or would it only be bad for on-Apple products?
  3. nutjob macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2010
    They are buying up patents so they can sue competitors instead of competing against them with better products so I'd say it would be negative for product development.
  4. Jibbajabba macrumors 65816

    Aug 13, 2011
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    More suing ammunition - yay :-/
  5. nutjob macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2010
    Wow. You actually welcome Apple spending money on law suits instead of products?
  6. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Apple is the most-sued tech company. They didn’t invent the game. Can they decide not to play? No, they can’t.
  7. The Beatles macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2010
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    Do you not see his emoticon? It was sarcastic.
  8. Torrijos macrumors 6502

    Jan 10, 2006
    Because Apple has never developed and released new products that have then been copied cheaply by others reducing their chances to benefit from their innovations resulting from their investments on R&D.

    Is there a term for beerGoogles in the techno world yet?
  9. Ulf1103 macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2011
    Yes, but if Apple don't buy it, and Google does, Google will probably use it against Apple right? Or not? :confused:
  10. Jibbajabba macrumors 65816

    Aug 13, 2011
    ^^ that ;)
  11. nwcs macrumors 65816


    Sep 21, 2009
    Are you an Apple lawyer? I doubt you know all the reasons why they want them. The question I have is why wouldn't they want them?
  12. TMay macrumors 68000

    Dec 24, 2001
    Carson City, NV
    Apple's pimping Google again

    And that makes Oracle and MS chuckle. Samsung looks with envy.

    Apple or MS will buy this just so Google will go all crazy and throw another $12B on a bad investment.

    You know, like Motorola.


    It's what happens when a Company doesn't have a strategic plan for the future other than "more advertising please".
  13. nutjob macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2010
    Apple has a track record of suing others for patent infringement to reduce competition, Google doesn't.
  14. Brad L macrumors member

    May 25, 2011
  15. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003

    So Apple is wrong because they are playing the game and defending their patents?

    Google doesn't have many patents for their Android business. Instead, they use their windfall profits in search/advertising to try and crush other companies businesses as they try to find alternate revenue streams.
  16. Torrijos macrumors 6502

    Jan 10, 2006
    Really? :D
    To reduce competition... :eek:

    It has nothing to do with Apple defending innovations they brought to consumers after years of R&D, that, the then moribund company, spent lot of cash on.

    This is actually what patents were created for...
    So companies would invest in R&D to improve the current state of technology, then release new products that others companies (you know the ones that were trying to sell you 80x80 monochromes phones a couple of years ago, or the ones that felt that a blackberry "open source" clone was the future of mobile phones) would end up copying. Patents forcing them to license the patented innovations so the company that did the hard work :)apple:) could reap what they sowed.

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