NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The Justice Department is stepping up its probe into whether tech heavyweights who purchased a large portfolio of Nortel patents could use them to unfairly hurt smartphones that run Google's (GOOG) - Get Report Android operating system, according to a published media report.
The report, published on
The Wall Street Journal's
Web site, cited anonymous sources familiar with the situation.
The companies that bought the patents include
Research In Motion
The group purchased 6,000 patents from now-bankrupt Nortel for $4.5 billion.
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This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.