22030090 story Nortel Patents Go To Apple, Microsoft, Sony and Others 121 Posted by Soulskill on Friday July 01, 2011 @09:13AM from the sold-to-the-gentlemen-with-the-predatory-smiles dept. tcr writes "A consortium that includes Apple, Microsoft, RIM and Sony has been successful in its bid for the Nortel patent portfolio. The winning bid was $4.5 billion. TechCrunch predicts this could result in a slew of lawsuits directed at Android, but also suggests that the deal will likely receive scrutiny from the U.S. courts."