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Microsoft Objects to Nortel’s Proposed Patent Sale to Google

Microsoft Corp. objected to Nortel Networks Corp.’s proposed bankruptcy sale of more than 6,000 patents, telling a judge the deal could give the proposed buyer, Google Inc., an unfair competitive advantage.

Microsoft joined computer maker Hewlett-Packard Co., smartphone maker Nokia Oyj, and other technology companies in filing objections to the proposed auction of the patent portfolio, in which Google is the lead bidder.