James Altucher : Vringo: What Has Happened And What I Think Will Happen
September 4, 2012 by: James Altucher
We already have a playbook for what will happen. Yahoo. My back of the envelope math (I don't work very hard and I have a lot of envelopes lying around) shows that the stock Google gave Yahoo would be worth $1.8 billion now. So that's the playbook. I think Google should give Vringo $1.8 billion in stock combined with a guarantee from Vringo that they can't sue any more of Google's customers. I would be terrified of someone suing all of my customers. It seems like that's a great way to lose a lot of customers.
Yahoo Licenses Technology to Google
Patent license dispute between search giants is settled by licensing arrangement.
By Stephen Lawson, IDG News Aug 10, 2004 3:00 am
Internet search giants Google and Yahoo have put their patent disputes behind them. Google will license technology patented by Yahoo subsidiary Overture Services, according to one of two newly announced dispute settlements.
The other settlement covers an outstanding dispute over a stock warrant connected to a services agreement back in 2000. Google issued about 1.2 million shares to Yahoo in June 2003, but per a Google filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday, Yahoo had said it was entitled to more shares
Also part of the settlement of the warrant dispute and patent suit and in payment for the license, Google issued 2.7 million shares of its Class A stock to Yahoo.
Analysts say the settlement is good news for Google, which should be looking to resolve any lingering legal issues before its proposed initial public offering (IPO). The settlement also bodes well for Yahoo, as it could strengthen the company's hand if it pursues patent infringement claims against other companies, says Nate Elliott, an analyst at Jupiter Research in New York.