22048652 story Google Bid Pi Billion Dollars For Nortel Patents 213 Posted by Soulskill on Saturday July 02, 2011 @10:50AM from the lighter-side-of-patent-news dept. mikejuk writes "Google mystified other participants in an auction for patents last week by their choice of bids. They weren't the round regular numbers that are normally expected. After first bidding $1,902,160,540 — a reference to Brun's constant — and later bidding $2,614,972,128 for the Meissel-Mertens constant, they ended up submitting a bid for $3.14159 billion. Google ended up losing the auction — but was that a deliberate ploy?"