to get IDCC as these patent trolls are bleeding them and will continue to. putting idcc and QCOM together is a powerhouse mobile patent troll. Apple will pay whatever it takes to make sure QCOM doesn't buy idcc.
xray and cavemen both get it ! Nice to see that some do understand that IDCC is the furthest thing from being a troll. Those of us that have been in this stock for years find the term repulsive.
It is a derogatory term in my book. And always will be. And certainly beneath the fine engineers who develop the technology. I'm sorry but I don't accept your definition of what a patent troll is and will never use it in the same sentence with IDCC.
As a drone in the trenches at a company that lives and dies by its patents we define patent trolls (and we face them all the time) as someone that owns a patents or the rights to a patent that sues another company in the hopes of getting them to pay for each product sold. The patent troll has no intention of making the product, only collecting money for the use of the patents they own.
They also sue companies in the hopes that they will get a payout. Marshall Texas is the mecca for these scum of the Earth and they number in the hundreds in this town. Many of these trolls are nothing more that lawyers with too much time on their hands.
Two points :
Anyone that refers to IDCC as a patent troll does not know what the term even means. IDCC invented 98% of their patents. Trolls do not invent the patents that they license.
Shorts that are betting on IDCC not being acquired will be buried, period.
All is jmho ...
According to many analysts, AAPL would save $3 to $10 per device by owning the IDCC 4G patents. It's also been recognized that each 1% of future 4G royalty is equivilent to $3.5 Billion in gross margin. I think Apple would love to save billions over the next ten years on their own iphones and ipads, as well as licensing the whole industry.
I predict that 8-10 Billion for IDCC is easily within the realm of possiblity!