Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Aug 2011 12:04 UTC
Google Okay once again I'm breaking my own one-week time-off from OSNews due to, you know, taking a break and being too busy with other things, but this one is big - very big. Also, only the second time in OSNews history we've used the 'breaking'-tag. Google has just announced it is going to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion (more here). While providing Google with a dedicated mobile phone business, it also gives Google ownership of one of the most valuable mobile technology patent portfolios in existence. Update: Responses from the Android ecosystem are positive. HTC: "We welcome the news of today's acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem." Sony Ericsson & LG: "We welcome Google's commitment to defending Android and its partners."
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RE[2]: Awesome
by Not2Sure on Mon 15th Aug 2011 20:36 UTC in reply to "RE: Awesome"
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Motorola has been making phone hardware and software since forever, at least in comparison to MS and Apple. It's pretty much a given that they'll have a considerably larger patent portfolio.

I'd suggest you maybe need to wait a little bit. A larger portfolio is not necessarily a stronger portfolio in the patent world.

If it was as strong a portfolio as everyone wants to assume, MS and APPL probably would not have been so quick to file the patent infringment claims they already have against MMI wrt Android. I'm guessing their strategy involved looking at MMI holdings indepth prior to proceeding to guage its impact on their business.

Who knows, but I'm guessing neither would start a war with a well-armed enemy. That hasn't exactly been their history.

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