“Nortel Networks, the bankrupt Canadian telecom company, came that much closer to disappearing completely [last week] with the cash sale of its portfolio of 6000 patents for $4.5 billion to a consortium of companies including Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion, and Sony,” Bob Cringely writes for I, Cringely.

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“Here’s the consortium participation as I understand it… Apple put up $2 billion for outright ownership of Nortel’s Long Term Evolution (4G) patents as well as another package of patents supposedly intended to hobble Android,” Cringely writes.

Much more in the full article, including the rest of the parties’ participation breakdown {who gets what), here.

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