That's right, they need a negotiator, dealmaker and salesman, not a lawyer whose primary interest is accumulating patents as an end in itself.
The Apple contract is the killer. It locked in IDCC for seven years for peanuts. But the good news is the Apple contract does have an end in sight. At the start of the strategic review in July 2011, the end was 36 months away. Now it is only 26 months away.
Also, Google was recently quoted as saying the Google/MMI acquisition will go through by the end of July 2012. This will free up Google to go after acquiring IDCC.
Once one of the big players makes a bid on IDCC, then we'll witness a bidding war and/or auction. If IDCC handles this well we may see a situation similar to the Microsoft acquisition for $1.1 billion of the AOL patents.