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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by The1stImmortal on Mon 15th Aug 2011 22:30 UTC
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So I suppose this means that anyone who's a member of the OIN will be getting free access to any patents that affect Linux (and therefore Android) then... That would be a pretty big boon to the other Android sellers, assuming they're members (or become so).

Although tbh I've read over the stuff covered by the OIN crosslicense agreement and it's pretty darn limited.

Anyone know, Is there a more general version of the OIN (that basically is a general patent pool rather than linux-specific)? Or is it the best we have?

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