The patents purchased cover technology designs and studies encompassing Wireless, 4G, Internet and Semiconductors.
In another remarkable move, Apple is reported to have purchased around 1024 patents from the Rockstar Consortium group. Rockstar Consortium is a group of companies: Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion, and Sony that purchased Nortel Networks' 6,000 patent portfolio for $4.5 billion in an auction in June 2011.
The deal is believed to have been carried out secretly over a period of past 6 months. Obviously, it all happened while the the world and we all were busy following a stampede of product launches by these companies that competed and even dragged each other into legal troubles.
As confirmed by Korean news agency Yonhap News that followed the whole deal, the patents applications were transferred from the consortium to Apple. Moreover, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office database has green signaled the news reported so far.
The patent applications hover over various technology designs of wireless, wireless 4G, data networking, optical, voice, Internet and even semiconductors. The patent ownership also indicates Apple's immense desire to upgrade its hardware products that have been facing users' wrath for several inconsistencies.
It should be noted that Apple emerged as the key player from the Rockstar Consortium by putting up $2.5 billion in the deal, which accounted for $4.5 billion in all. The deal details reveal Apple already had access to majority of the patents purchased jointly by the group.
However, owning the patents is far from accessing them since it strengthens the companies in case of any patent battle. Nevertheless, Apple has already sued Samsung, Google and many other tech companies over patent violation issues, and now it being purchasing 1000 plus patents makes it a predicted winner in many of the legal proceedings.