Apple Strengthens Its IP By Acquiring Over 1,000 Nortel Patents

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Apple has been quietly acquiring sole ownership of Nortel patents.
Apple has been quietly acquiring sole ownership of Nortel patents.

Last year, Apple joined forces with Microsoft, Research in Motion, and Sony to form the “Rockstar Bidco consortium,” which outbid Google for more than 6,000 Nortel patents covering wireless and LTE technologies. Together, the consortium paid $4.5 billion for the portfolio, most of which — around $2.6 billion — came from Apple.

However, the Cupertino company has reportedly been quietly handing over more cash to secure sole ownership of select patents.

Inside Man: Our Reports From The Apple Vs. Samsung Courtroom On This Week’s CultCast

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It’s a battle royal on our shiny new CultCast! Don’t miss our Apple Vs. Samsung trial breakdown, where Cult of Mac reporter Jose Fermoso tells us what it was like to be in the tension-filled courtroom, what the verdict means for consumers, and where Apple and Samsung go from here.

Then, a topic you suggested, dear CultCast listeners! We talk AppleCare, Apple’s extended warranty program, and tell you when it makes sense, when it doesn’t, and which gadgets you should always keep covered.

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Samsung Designer Denies He Copied Apple’s Devices, Is Confident He’ll Match Jony Ive One Day

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More people are recognizing Samsung because of its legal battles with Apple.
More people are recognizing Samsung because of its legal battles with Apple.

Apple and Samsung have battled in court over the design of a number of Samsung’s Galaxy products, which Apple believes were “slavishly” copied from the iPhone and iPad. However, the Korean company’s chief of mobile design maintains that the Galaxy is “original from the beginning,” and believes that one day, he will match Jony Ive by designing a truly iconic product.