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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moar patents!
by TheWzzrd on Mon 15th Aug 2011 12:43 UTC
TheWzzrd
Member since:
2008-05-08

This effectively means that while Microsoft and Apple thought they had bought a powerful anti-competitive patent club to hit Google with, they have now spent $4.5 billion on a patent portfolio about 1/4th the size of Motorola's.

Sweet Jesus! That is one of the sweetest and bestest realizations I had in a long time. Splendid!

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RE: moar patents!
by fran on Tue 16th Aug 2011 10:48 in reply to "moar patents!"
fran Member since:
2010-08-06

Yeh..Motorolla has about 17000 patents with another 7500 applications in process.

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