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[2]: Awesome
by _txf_ on Mon 15th Aug 2011 15:05 UTC in reply to "RE: Awesome"
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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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