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Apple, Nokia may buy InterDigital in wake of Google deal

updated 01:25 pm EDT, Wed August 17, 2011

Apple, Nokia, Qualcomm open to InterDigital buy

Several companies are still in the running to buy InterDigital and counter Google's acquisition of Motorola. Sources revealed Wednesday that Apple, Nokia, Qualcomm, and others were considering bids. Google was still seen as in the running by Reuters' informant despite the Motorola takeover, although it was no longer apparent if it would commit.

None of the involved parties directly commented. InterDigital had previously admitted that it was exploring selling itself off. While the company doesn't have any financial crises to prompt a deal, it understood in an earlier statement that it could fetch a high price and didn't want to turn down the opportunity.

InterDigital is best known for its attempts to profit on patents against much of the mobile industry. Nokia could have one of the strongest incentives as it has had to fend off patent disputes from InterDigital in the past, but many companies have been subject in the past.

Apple could be a frontrunner simply through its desire to get the upper hand in patents and both attack Android competitors as well as defend itself against either counterclaims or fresh lawsuits. Qualcomm, as the manufacturer of the Snapdragon processor used virtually everywhere in the mobile space as well as many cellular chipsets, may be keen to defend against rival chip designers or to become a neutral ground between Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Nokia, all of whom support or use its chips.

by MacNN Staff



  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Gobble Gobble

    So these companies are being bought up for the patents. It is only a matter of time before these companies start to be reduced to nothing...purely for their patents - to be used in legal battles. So legal battles for more $$$ at the expense of people's jobs. Makes me sick. Naysay it now...but check how things are in a year or so.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Android: free no more

    Google was still seen as in the running by Reuters' informant despite the Motorola takeover, although it was no longer apparent if it would commit.

    Google just blew 1.5 years of profits on Motorola Mobility. A company that was bleeding money before and after its parent, Motorola, got rid of it. Now Google needs to get back in the black. And they're not going to dump Android onto the market like before. They have too much money invested now.

    That's one less "open" mobile OS. Everyone is copying Apple's "closed" model now. Because it works.

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