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[5]: Comment by shmerl
by lemur2 on Tue 16th Aug 2011 01:48 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by shmerl"
lemur2
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2007-02-17

It would be really great then to create such defensive pool for mobile technologies too, so open source projects and products could be defended against the likes of Apple and MS.


Precisely. Google (with MMI patents), HTC, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and LG are the companies that immediately spring to mind as potential initial members of this new community patent pool.

Edited 2011-08-16 01:49 UTC

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RE[6]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Tue 16th Aug 2011 01:52 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by shmerl"
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2010-06-08

Intel could join for the sake of Meego. Nokia is in the hot water however, being tied to Microsoft now, while still being involved in Meego too.

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RE[7]: Comment by shmerl
by lemur2 on Tue 16th Aug 2011 02:04 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by shmerl"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Intel could join for the sake of Meego. Nokia is in the hot water however, being tied to Microsoft now, while still being involved in Meego too.


Intel is not already a member of OIN.

If Google did establish a community patent pool for the mobile patents it purchases from MMI, it would make sense then for Intel to join that pool and also the OIN pool.

This IMO has the potential to end this current patent war madness. The community pools, together, would be virtually unassailable, with all members essentially licensed to do almost anything, and none of them able to sue any of the other members.

If there are enough members, it could potentially render any patents outside the pools useless for the purpose of attacking members of the pools.

Edited 2011-08-16 02:07 UTC

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