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[4]: Comment by shmerl
by lemur2 on Tue 16th Aug 2011 03:15 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by shmerl"
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For example, according to Oracle, the Java-related patents at issue are not specific to Linux, and therefore are not relevant to the OIN community pool. Since Java is cross-platform, Oracle are probably right here.

Having said that, apparently if they do buy MMI one of the things Google will be buying is a JavaME license.

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RE[5]: Comment by shmerl
by El_Exigente on Sat 20th Aug 2011 07:43 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by shmerl"
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It is a very safe assumption that the MMI Java license is strictly limited in scope, rights, transferability, etc. Because it is doubtful that Sun's lawyers were completely incompetent, and it would unfair to judge their lawyers' competence by assuming it is on a par with Jonathan Schwartz' competence (or lack thereof.)

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