Originally Posted by cloudgazer
Well it's unlikely to help against Oracle, Nortel just doesn't have a big overlap with them - it's unlikely Google has an equally significant patent to use against Oracle as Oracle has to use against them.
If they were willing to do that why aren't they helping with the current fights Apple v Samsung or Apple v HTC? They could have publicly stated their financial support for the litigation, they could have gone all out to invalidate some of Apple's key multitouch patents. They haven't.
Google, as has been pointed out, has a small portfolio of patents, just a few hundred, and most of these have nothing to do with the issues at hand. So Google has little to back up any threat they may make. That's the point to buying large aggregations of relevant patents.
What's been also pointed out by those in the industry is that Google, so far, has had no interest in indemnifying their OEMs in any of these fights, and that's a telling situation. They haven't even made a public statement about what Ludsec, or whatever their name is, is doing in their lawsuits against Android developers, while Apple has gone to court, and other companies are in the process of suing them.
It seems to me that being a business partner of Google is a tenuous proposition. It's not responsible. By bidding on these patents, Google intended to give themselves a quick injection of weight. I've also bought a great many things on eBay, some of them quite expensive, and deciding on what my maximum bid is going to be is a difficult process. I'm not trying to make money on what I buy though, so cash flow and future profits don't come into consideration, just my desire for the item.
With almost $28 billion in the bank, Google could have spent whatever they thought was required. $4 billion for one company is a lot though, and as a company that isn't making devices, where much more money flows in, they likely thought that this was already several years of Ad profits from the Android platform, and so it was enough.