After collectively bidding on Nortel's 6,000 wireless patents, Apple, RIM, Microsoft, Sony, Ericsson and EMC have been cleared by US courts and allowed to buy them for $4.5 billion. [Reuters]
When Apple, Microsoft, Google and others started bidding on a treasure trove of Nortel wireless patents this past week, the search giant from California made a series of, well, unconventional bids that had observers mystified.
After a furious bidding process that saw Google and Intel's hopes crushed, Apple, RIM, Microsoft, Sony, EMC and Ericsson scooped up Nortel's patents for $4.5 billion. The 6,000 patents span wireless, data networking, 4G and internet, and while we don't know what the bevy of tech companies plan on doing with them, it's…