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: Comment by shmerl
by lemur2 on Mon 15th Aug 2011 23:31 UTC in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
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Now, is Google going to be consistent with claiming that they aren't evil, and granting Motorola's mobile patents as DPL (Defensive Patent License) benefiting all open source communities in general?

Google is already a member of two community patent pools.

WebM has a patent pool, of which Google is the main member:

Then there is the OIN patent pool, of which Google is already also a member:

This means that after Google buys MMI, because of the way that these community patent pools operate, all of MMI's relevant patents will become licensed to all other members of those pools. Google won't be able to sue any of them.

It also means that if Microsoft and/or Apple were to join the OIN, Google won't be able to sue them either, and they would also not be able to sue Google.

Patent MAD war over. Everybody would win (except patent lawyers).

Edited 2011-08-15 23:39 UTC

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