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U.S. Probing Tech Giants' Patent Deals

First Posted: 06/05/11 12:45 PM ET Updated: 08/05/11 06:12 AM ET


The Justice Department is scrutinizing likely bidders for a trove of patents being sold by the bankrupt Canadian telecom-equipment maker Nortel Networks Corp. amid concerns the patents could be used to unfairly hobble competition, according to people familiar with the matter.

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