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Feb. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Nortel Networks Inc., the bankrupt former maker of telephone equipment, sued its U.K. unit in an effort to keep documents related to the $4.5 billion sale of Nortel’s patents secret.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross in Wilmington, Delaware, ordered the unit, Nortel Networks UK Ltd., not to make public a group of documents for at least 14 days while the two units try to resolve their dispute about the information.
The unit is involved in a court action in the U.K. and wants to use the documents as part of that case.
“I have not yet seen the documents, but from the descriptions I have received, it appears that a large portion of them contain privileged information,” Gross said in court today.
Last year Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. formed a joint venture called Rockstar Bidco LP, and bought Nortel’s patents for $4.5 billion after outbidding Google Inc. in the biggest patent auction in history.
The bankruptcy case is Nortel Networks Inc., 09-10138, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).
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