Nortel Networks 8-K 2009
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) September 21, 2009
NORTEL NETWORKS CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Registrants telephone number, including area code 905-863-7000
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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On September 21, 2009, Nortel Networks Corporation (NNC) announced that its principal operating subsidiary, Nortel Networks Limited (NNL), and its U.S. subsidiary, Nortel Networks Inc., plan to sell, by auction, the assets of its Carrier Networks business associated with the development of Next Generation Packet Core network components (Packet Core Assets).
The Packet Core Assets consist of software to support the transfer of data over existing wireless networks and the next generation of wireless communications technology, including relevant non-patent intellectual property, equipment and other related tangible assets. In connection with this proposed sale, NNL also expects to grant the purchaser a non-exclusive license of relevant patent intellectual property.
Nortel has filed a motion seeking the establishment of a Section 363 sale procedure with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware that will allow qualified bidders to submit offers for the Packet Core Assets. A similar motion for the approval of the sale procedure will be filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Any sale would be subject to approval by the U.S. and Canadian courts.
As previously announced, NNC does not expect that its common shareholders or the preferred shareholders of NNL will receive any value from the creditor protection proceedings and expects that the proceedings will result in the cancellation of these equity interests.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Dated: September 22, 2009