So what do you do if you want to persuade a big company with deep pockets and a strong interest in freedom to operate in the mobile communications space to agree a licensing deal with you? Well, one idea is to sue a few of its developers for patent infringement in the Eastern District of Texas. Over at the Edible Apple and Wireless Goodness blogs this is what they believe Intellectual Ventures may currently be doing. I don't know if it's true or not, but the detective work undertaken to support such a  conclusion is impressve and quite persuasive. Let's not forget that IV has shown itself to be very willing to use patent privateers in the past and also let's remember that IV has already done big licensing deals with other major players in this space, including Samsung and HTC, and most recently RIM.  Up to now Apple is reported to have resisted IV's approaches. That may soon have to change. And what a huge scalp for IV it would be.

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