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: Awesome
by Soulbender on Mon 15th Aug 2011 14:53 UTC in reply to "Awesome"
Soulbender
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2005-08-18

Motorola has been making phone hardware and software since forever, at least in comparison to MS and Apple. It's pretty much a given that they'll have a considerably larger patent portfolio.

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RE[2]: Awesome
by _txf_ on Mon 15th Aug 2011 15:05 in reply to "RE: Awesome"
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

Motorola has been making phone hardware and software since forever, at least in comparison to MS and Apple. It's pretty much a given that they'll have a considerably larger patent portfolio.


Yeah. And unlike those others they Have a ton of mobile hardware patents.

AFAIK the majority of patents that Apple and MS are using as a club are software patents.

Particularly Apple as a hardware company, really ought to have hardware patents. It is strange that they seldom use hardware as a club. This means that :

a) They have not designed anything novel on the hardware side
b) They are holding those back for some reason.

I think that a) is the more likely option.

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RE[2]: Awesome
by Lennie on Mon 15th Aug 2011 15:41 in reply to "RE: Awesome"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Actually a researcher from Motorola invented the cellphone.

My guess is, it is mostly just a more portal version of the carphone.

Edited 2011-08-15 15:47 UTC

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RE[2]: Awesome
by Not2Sure on Mon 15th Aug 2011 20:36 in reply to "RE: Awesome"
Not2Sure Member since:
2009-12-07

Motorola has been making phone hardware and software since forever, at least in comparison to MS and Apple. It's pretty much a given that they'll have a considerably larger patent portfolio.


I'd suggest you maybe need to wait a little bit. A larger portfolio is not necessarily a stronger portfolio in the patent world.

If it was as strong a portfolio as everyone wants to assume, MS and APPL probably would not have been so quick to file the patent infringment claims they already have against MMI wrt Android. I'm guessing their strategy involved looking at MMI holdings indepth prior to proceeding to guage its impact on their business.

Who knows, but I'm guessing neither would start a war with a well-armed enemy. That hasn't exactly been their history.

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RE[3]: Awesome
by cdude on Tue 16th Aug 2011 02:33 in reply to "RE[2]: Awesome"
cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

I'm guessing their strategy involved looking at MMI holdings indepth prior to proceeding

I'm guessing they did not expect years long fights but that Moto would pay the taxes like others did to proceed making money rather then fighting an expensive and long fight for google.

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RE[3]: Awesome
by El_Exigente on Sat 20th Aug 2011 07:10 in reply to "RE[2]: Awesome"
El_Exigente Member since:
2007-01-08

Not2Sure: Yours is the first post on this thread to show any understanding or insight. Which is not as much of a compliment as it seems, because the rest of the comments on this thread are mindless. However, I do agree with your view.

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RE[2]: Awesome
by El_Exigente on Sat 20th Aug 2011 07:37 in reply to "RE: Awesome"
El_Exigente Member since:
2007-01-08

"Motorola has been making phone hardware and software since forever..."

"Since forever" is a long time. Perhaps some of their best patents have expired...

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