As Apple preps bid on Nortel patents, are they considering buying RIM or AMD or both?

“Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple joined the bidding war for the telephony patents put up for sale when the Canadian telecommunication equipment maker Nortel went bankrupt two years ago,” Marc Courtenay writes for Seeking Alpha. “The story claims that more than 6,000 patents are at stake, covering some of the key underlying technologies of mobile communications, including Wi-Fi, social networking and LTE, the fourth-generation wireless technology now being deployed.”

Courtenay writes, “Maybe Apple’s appetite to buy and acquire is part of the reason the stock again took a hit on Friday. It spent most of the day struggling to maintain that all-important $320 per share support level. This, while things are looking grim for one of its competitors.”

“Could it be feasible that Apple might be considering a way to ‘finish RIMM off’ through an investment or an acquisition? It’s an interesting possibility. If that were to happen it would open a door for Apple to acquire what’s left of Research In Motion’s business formula,” Courtenay writes. “A joint venture or an acquisition of Research In Motion by Apple would open the way for Apple to reach and win over a customer base that otherwise might not be interested.”

Courtenay writes, “Another company Apple might want to pursue is Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)… It would be a financially possible feat for Apple to use some of its $66 billion in cash and cash equivalents to swallow AMD with its $5 billion market cap company. Apple’s market cap is still north of $296 billion.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Carl H.” for the heads up.]

Related articles:
Apple, Intel among bidders for Nortel patent trove – June 17, 2011
Nortel delays patent auction one week citing significant interest – June 16, 2011
RIM looks to outbid Apple, Google, and Nokia for Nortel’s patent treasure trove – April 18, 2011
Google bids $900 million for 6,000 Nortel telecom patents in quest to boost patent portfolio – April 4, 2011
Apple reportedly bidding for Nortel patent portfolio – December 13, 2010

34 Comments

        1. They did just that when they bought Emagic, maker of Logic, back in 2002. Having said that, there’s currently very little financial incentive for Apple to acquire Adobe.

  1. Buy RIM?

    Why buy the Titanic after its already struck the iceberg?

    Just wait em’ out, they are taking on water and I’m pretty sure the co-CEOs are up on deck listening to the orchestra totally clueless that the ship is sinking.

  2. Apple could buy RIM’s patents and include a license back to RIM as part of the deal. RIM could use the cash, Apple the patents and should not require regulatory approval. Good all around.
    Apple should lay a pre-emotive bid on the table for the Nortel patents. It’s insurance against future lawsuits and ammo for future lawsuits against competitors & trolls.

    1. RIM isn’t going to just sell it’s patents off. Get real. And RIM has nothing else Apple wants.

      “Loyal customer base”? Try “Shrinking customer base.” And those current Blackberry users will jump ship faster than Ballmer can throw a chair if RIM files for Ch. 7 bankruptcy (liquidation).

    2. RIM has 2.12B in cash and no debt. It’s earning a profit. While they’re in trouble in terms of market share and getting traction with new products, cash itself isn’t needed. Acquiring cash from a sell of patents wouldn’t help the stock price because it’s not a profit from their business.

      If they had patents that Apple was interested in, they’d be better off suing Apple (if Apple was already using them) or licensing (if Apple wanted to use them).

  3. Apple doesn’t really need to buy these companies. This is not a game which aims on just getting rid of competitors. It’s about business, making money. So why spent it on a DCW such as RIM. This news item is pure speculation, and that’s all it is.

  4. No and no. Apple is not even thinking of buying RIM or AMD. Why buy a dying business, when you can grow organically for less? Why buy a chipmaker, when you can cherrypick the chips you want? Why compete with your suppliers?

    It’s a nice little thought experiment, but buying entails the usual people who will say this is anticompetitive, etc. Growing organically, will allow Apple to upset the cart, without complaints.

  5. As for the Nortel patents, I doubt Apple would use them offensively. Their bid would be a defensive play. In fact, the most sense would be a consortium of tech companies buying them to take them out of play from some other company using them offensively. Buy them for the good of all.

  6. The AMD patents may come in handy IF Apple is going to further pursue it’s own silicon. Maybe just handing the designs to Intel or Samsung to build is getting a little to incestuous and litigious.
    RIM? I would have thought it a good idea a few years ago, I’m not so sure now. I would like Apple to make a physical keyboard phone at some point though.

  7. Apple only acquires companies that offers technologies that are strategic to upcoming products. They don’t buy companies to eliminate competition or buy customers.

  8. This is ludicrous.

    “Maybe Apple’s appetite to buy and acquire is part of the reason the stock again took a hit on Friday.”

    Appetite to buy an acquire what and by whose reckoning? If anything “investors” (read: the analists) are the ones with a bee up their tails trying to get unconventional Apple to behave conventionally.

    “It spent most of the day struggling to maintain that all-important $320 per share support level.”

    What? What’s so “all-important” about $320 per share? Now $420 I could understand …

    “Could it be feasible that Apple might be considering a way to ‘finish RIMM off’ through an investment or an acquisition? It’s an interesting possibility. If that were to happen it would open a door for Apple to acquire what’s left of Research In Motion’s business formula”

    Why would Apple do this when RIMM is doing a pretty decent job of finishing itself off what with the failed PlayBook and hemorrhaging market share?

    “A joint venture or an acquisition of Research In Motion by Apple would open the way for Apple to reach and win over a customer base that otherwise might not be interested.”

    OR Apple could just do what it’s done to everyone else in every other market it’s entered. Make the best kit, place the two side by side and let the buyer decide. There’s a reason why Apple’s “struggling” to keep its stock price in the 300s and it has nothing to do with predatory acquisitions.

    “Another company Apple might want to pursue is Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)”

    Because Intel would just W.U.V. that.

    MDN, please link people with sense in the future.

  9. This obsession people have, trying to spend Apple’s cash reserves for them, is reflective of the financial problems people have in this country. “Save money for strategic needs in future? Pshaw! I’d rather blow it all right now, on stuff I either don’t really need or wouldn’t be able to use properly anyway!”

    If Apple were instead promoted as a responsible example of saving that we should all be following, the country as a whole would be much better off.

    “A joint venture or an acquisition of Research In Motion by Apple would open the way for Apple to reach and win over a customer base that otherwise might not be interested.”

    Right, because the iPhone and iPad aren’t catching on at all in the enterprise market. Seriously, are you even paying attention to what’s going on?

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