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: Hitting MS
by lemur2 on Tue 16th Aug 2011 23:08 UTC in reply to "Hitting MS"
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MS is now the most notorious troll in the mobile industry. So backfiring at them with Moto patents is a no brainer. The question is: would that be successfull? MS doesn't produce phones so there's litte overlap with MS and MOTO technologies and thus a little attack area. Google can attack MS HV partners but they are also Google partners. The only one that is not is Nokia which can defend itself. Well anyway MS is blackmailing their own partners, so Google could still show some soft power twist here, but it is far from trivial.

Google can hit MS by taking away MS's ability to be a patent troll and extract any fees from makers of Android devices.

All it would take is for Google to create a community cross-license pool based on the MMI patents, and be joined by the likes of HTC, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson et al. Anyone and everyone who wants to make Android devices ... currently 31 manufacturers I believe, would join the pool. Makers of Android devices could switch to using Motorola designed hardware parts where there was any choice. Android could be adapted to use only techniques which were licensed within the pool.

Then MS no longer has anything at all over which to claim bogus "Microsoft taxes" to try to collect from software they did not write and hardware they did not design.

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