I think you're right, Tate-Wesley, that MOT's patents would be a weak substitute for ours and that Google would be foolish to flirt with them with a possible competing bid from Apple waiting in the wings.
But you never know. Did you read the Bloomberg article stating that GOOG had refused to pay a paltry $100M to license Java from Oracle and now stands to get hit with a $6.1B judgment. Maybe that's why we never licensed them. Maybe they're too arrogant/tight to pay up.
Also, don't let X-ray give you any flak for being from Chicago -- one of America's truly great towns!
Notice the tail end of the headline on the linked article: "Says Barclays." What a surprise.
IDCC hires Barclays to explore strategic alternatives, including a sale of the company, and all of a sudden Barclays employees are putting out stories calculated to drive up InterDigital's stock price. That's the way the analyst/investment banker game is played.
Did you wonder if the Barclays' analyst who upgraded IDCC at $47 only to see it fall in a straight line to $35 had slit his wrists? I did. Well, it turned out he knew IDCC had hired his firm to explore a sale of the company, so he really wasn't worried -- he was just setting the table for what was to come.
For years, we wondered why IDCC couldn't get any favorable publicity from the big Wall Street brokerage houses despite our great fundamentals. The answer was simple -- we weren't doing any business with them. That all changed with the financing to get ready for the Nortel patent auction. Then we began to be talked about on the street.
Now, we've got tons of pub. Now, the only thing we've got to worry about is the bat sh_t crazy freshman Republicans in the House torpedoing the entire economy and our stock along with it.