Why did Google buy Motorola Mobility?
15 August 2011 by Olav Hellesø-Knutsen
Most analytics agree on that the reason for the gigantic 12.5 billion deal was the large portfolio of patents owned by Motorola
It is a war going on. A war between the owners of telecommunication related patents. We have stopped counting the numours patent disputes going on these days. To mention a few: The battle between Apple vs Nokia, Apple vs Samsung, HTC vs Appl. Google lost the Nortel auction in July where over 6,000 patents was sold to the Microsoft, Apple, RIM, Sony, Ericsson allicance. Google needs a portfolio of patents to fight of patent trolls which often fought in the court of Textas US. Motorola has 17,000 patents, and some of these will come in handy when the war really takes off.
Google is not only fighting some of the worlds largest telecom companies. They also have a battle going with Oracle regarding Oracle's Java-related intellectual property claimed to be used in the Android operating system. Java was originally developed by Sun, but Oracle bougth Sun in 2009 and became the owner Java and all the related patents.
Because the Motorola acquisition is seen as an expensive way for Google to rearming its troops for the fight between Android/Google and Apple/Microsoft, several of the now competing hardware manufactures welcomes the acquisition of Motorola. These are also the major forces behind the Android OS
Bert Nordberg, CEO Sony Ericsson
Peter Chou, CEO HTC
Jong-Seok Park, CEO LG
J. K. Shin, President Samsung Mobile
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