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Apple, Microsoft free to flex Nortel patent muscles

Macworld - Apple, Microsoft and a handful of other tech companies are now free to license $4.5 billion in patents they bought at auction last year from bankrupt Nortel, which could open up a can of worms for companies using technology covered by the patents.

Working together as Rockstar Consortium, the companies have waited out the U.S. Department of Justice review period on the purchase and plan to pursue licensing agreements with companies it thinks are using what is now their intellectual property.