Apple recently acquired patents formerly owned whole-heartedly by Novell, which were originally held on to by CPTN. CPTN had made use of these patents in early April of last year with Apple’s permission.
The complete partnership between each company cam to fruition and purchased more than six thousand patent applications for just over four and a half billion dollars. A statement given by the department of justice had this to say:
“The agency said according to the concerns to which the potential anticompetitive use of the standard essential patents was lessened by the clear commitments by Apple and Microsoft to license SEPs on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.”
“After a thorough review of the proposed transactions, the Antitrust Division has determined that each acquisition is unlikely to substantially lessen competition and has closed these three investigations. In all of the transactions, the division conducted an in-depth analysis into the potential ability and incentives of the acquiring firms to use the patents they proposed acquiring to foreclose competitors. In particular, the division focused on standard essential patents (SEPs) that Motorola Mobility and Nortel had committed to license to industry participants through their participation in standard-setting organizations (SSOs). The division’s investigations focused on whether the acquiring firms could use these patents to raise rivals’ costs or foreclose competition. The division concluded that the specific transactions at issue are not likely to significantly change existing market dynamics.”