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Ericsson Said to Weigh Entering Contest for Nortel Patents

Ericsson AB is considering an offer for some of the patents being auctioned off by Nortel Networks Corp., increasing the number of potential bidders to at least four, said two people familiar with the plans.

Ericsson hasn’t made a final decision on whether to make an offer or which patents it’s most interested in, said the people, who wouldn’t be identified because the company’s plans aren’t yet public. The Stockholm-based company is considering teaming up with another company on the bid, and has approached Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corp., one of the people said.