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U.S. Approves Google's Motorola Bid

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Feb 13, 2012, 5:20 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Today the U.S. Justice Department approved Google's proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility. However, the regulatory body said it would not hesitate to take action if it feels standard essential patents are not licensed fairly. Earlier today, the European Commission also approved the deal. It still has to clear hurdles in several other markets.

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Feb 13, 2012, 11:05 PM

After getting caught,, Google likely wants to play patent troll....

Interesting that Google is paying $12.5 billion (which is about $12.5 billion more than Motorola is worth). Remember, they purchased Motorola shortly after losing the Nortel bid (they were invited to bid IN the same group as Microsoft and Apple, mind you.)

Interesting as well, because Google has expressed no interest in FRAND licensing.

My guess is, Google plans to use these to convince Apple, Oracle, and Microsoft to strong-arm them in instances where Google was already guilty of infringement or where they were already collecting a settlement.

Which, of course, is quite hypocritical from Google's earlier public statements.
What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Did you ever think that maybe Google is just protecting themselves (and Android as a whole) from frivolous lawsuits? Since Apple feels like they can't just compete but must also litigate their comp...
Apple started this fight, Google is merely defending itself against Apple's aggression...

And Steve Jobs made it clear before he died that he motivated by little more than pettiness and spite, telling his biographer that his goal is to completely d...

Feb 14, 2012, 12:16 AM


I like how the DOJ threatens Google, but not apple

Feb 13, 2012, 6:49 PM


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