Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 27th Apr 2013 00:10 UTC
Google "Why did Google spend $12.5 billion to purchase Motorola Mobility? It's been nearly two years since the deal was announced and close to a full year since it closed, and the questions keep piling up while the answers keep getting worse. The biggest problem is that Motorola's patent portfolio doesn't appear to be worth anything close to what either company assumed: the judge in the Microsoft v. Motorola patent case ruled yesterday that Redmond owes a paltry $1.7 million in annual royalties for using Motorola's standards-related Wi-Fi and video-encoding patents in every Xbox 360 and Windows 7 PC sold, rather than the $4 billion Motorola had originally demanded."
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RE: Comment by Nelson
by zima on Sat 4th May 2013 21:25 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
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There's also how Google was possibly kinda blackmailed into buying Motorola (or at least to buy them at a higher price) - after all, in the weeks leading to the buyout announcement, Moto said it might go with patent suits after other Android vendors, and release some Windows Phone handsets.

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