The nortel patent battles may seem arbitrary but they may decide the future of the mobile platforms environment. these patents could derail the android market growth potential as Microsoft and Apple have teamed up to own critical patents that Abdroid utilises.
so what could this mean?
1. MS/Apple making money off android’s growth and starving the business of margin – the bigger it gets the more they will earn
2. utilising the patents to slow down Android growth – giving their platforms a better chance to grow
3. forcing a price point for adnroid either directly or indirectly
nice article from techrcunch on the topic