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  • patentsaddicted patentsaddicted Aug 31, 2012 4:03 AM Flag

    Apple and Google may have serious problems if this happens

    Apple and Google may have serious problems if this happens

    Samsung is considering placing a bid to acquire InterDigital (NASDAQ:IDCC )
    patents portfolio, said two sources that were close to the matter. Samsung
    isn’t the only company considering the patents; Apple and Google along with
    a number of other potential buyers are also in the race, according to
    sources that preferred to remain anonymous due to the private nature of the
    talks. Some of the mobile technologies used in high speed mobile phone
    networks by the largest handset manufacturers across the world were
    invented by the engineers of InterDigital. The company based in
    Pennsylvania could earn more than $4 billion from the patent sale, said
    analysts. If the South Korea based Samsung makes a bid, it will have to
    compete with Google and Apple for purchasing the whole or a part of the
    portfolio which contains more than 8,800 patents concerning technologies
    used in smartphones which range from the Android based smartphones to the
    iPhone and RIM’s BlackBerry line of handsets. It has been forecast that
    sales of smartphones are going to triple by 2015, according to Gartner Inc.
    Lee Seung Woo, an analyst based in Seoul, said that there are a lot of
    important patents which belong to the InterDigital portfolio and as the
    fight between Samsung and Apple heats up, Samsung can’t afford Apple to get
    the assets. Thus for reducing the risk on itself, Samsung will have to go
    ahead and bid, even if it costs them a huge premium.

    Hey Guys, do your homework....something is up....Apple's court victory was
    the tone for takeovers in the coming weeks or days

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    • " Apple should have bought Interdigital out long ago. We can't allow a foreign interest ...
      Apple should have bought Interdigital out long ago. We can't allow a foreign interest to gain control over such a huge number of fundamental wireless patents. Interdigital has essential patents in every wireless standards, and in one of the charts put up on Investorshub by some analyst firm, they determined that Interdigital and its subsidiary had the most essential patents of any company in the LTE standard. That are also the leading company in machine to machine in the world, and among the top in bandwidth aggregation and digital compression technologies. Sitting on a huge amount of cash as well. As of last December, they held about 19,500 patents and patent applications, but that number has probably gone up since then, since they usually are granted over a hundred new patents every year. Imterdigital has essntial patents in every standard, but they also have plenty of non-essential nice to have patents in every standard too, for which they can charge any rate they want. And their engineering team is still intact and pumping out those new patents, unlike some of the bankrupt companies that have been sold over the last few years that held old, closer to expiring patents. “
      beautiful

    • Interdigital is one of the leading patent holders in the latest LTE standard, but it has plenty of both essential and non-essential patents in all the standards. The company is also one of the world leaders in M2M (machine to machine), bandwidth compression and bandwidth aggregation technologies, which you would think would be very important to Google for its Youtube, and to any other content carrier. But Google recently overpaid for MMI, for less valuable patents, when they probably could have just bought Interdigital and gotten higher quality, newer patents. Therefore, I think Apple winds up being the company that buys out Interdigital, especially if their rumored soon to be coming I-TV needs the bandwidth stretching technologies in which Interdigital is a world leader.

 
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