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[5]: Comment by shmerl
by lemur2 on Tue 16th Aug 2011 01:52 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by shmerl"
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In that case I agree with you, but... My only caveat is you contention that a "significant" number of MMI patents would be relevant to Linux and WebM. I suspect there might be a few, but I doubt it would even be in the double digits. Most of MMI's patents are going to be on hardware inventions and communications processes... Just saying. Now if Google were to create a community pool based on the MMI patents (like it did with On2's), that would probably go a long way to appease the naysayers. It would also make the Samsungs and HTCs of the world a lot more comfortably with the arrangement (I know they are publicly supportive, but it must make them at least a little nervous). I personally expect them to do exactly this once the dust settles.

Agreed. It makes perfect sense for Google to do this, and then for any manufacturer interested in making Android mobile devices to then join this new community patent pool.

Microsoft can then kiss goodbye to the extortion payments they are trying to extract from makers of Android devices, IMO.

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