Why did Google buy Motorola Mobility?

15 August 2011 by
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Most analytics agree on that the reason for the gigantic 12.5 billion deal was the large portfolio of patents owned by Motorola

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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

I welcome Google's commitment to defending Android and its partners.

Peter Chou, CEO 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

Jong-Seok Park, CEO LG

We welcome Google's commitment to defending Android and its partners

J. K. Shin, President Samsung Mobile

We welcome today's news, which demonstrates Google's deep commitment to defending Android, its partners, and the ecosystem

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