Google-Motorola merger approved by the EU Commission

Google-Motorola merger approved by the EU Commission
As we reported last week, the EU today approved Google’s acquisition of Motorola. No concessions were asked for from Google, although the EU did warn that it would be keeping an eye on the newly-formed Googerola, and the rest of the enthusiastically-litigious mobile industry. The EU Commission was expected to allow the merger, since several other key players also control hardware and software on their mobile platforms, including RIM, Nokia, and Apple. That was indeed their finding, as the EU said, “The Commission approved the transaction mainly because it would not significantly modify the market situation in respect of operating systems and patents for these devices.

While there are no true concessions required, it would be premature to say that approval came with no strings attach. The Commission made a strict warning that it would be watching all players in the mobile space, as it has grown concerned over “the increasingly strategic use of patents.”

Nor did the EU Commission stop at a general warning; the official press release contains an entire section of FRAND law concerns, citing the explicit laws and expectations of FRAND patent holders. Not only does Motorola Mobility own many FRAND patents, they are currently using some in their ongoing legal dispute with Apple. Samsung, who has been even more aggressive with FRAND patents, recently found themselves on the wrong end of an investigation into anti-competitive practices in Europe.

The U.S. Department of Justice is expected to also approve the merger this week, leaving China, Israel, and Taiwan to approve the deal before it can officially close.

source: Europa; Google via The Verge

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13 Comments

1. MotorolaandSamsungFTW

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

what?!

2. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Great news for open source free platforms like android and self aware,free thinking people everywhere.

3. Jphones

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Hell yeah now will hopefully be seeing more stock android devices and maybe even a better skin overlay.

4. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

"leaving China, Israel, and Taiwan to approve the deal before it can officially close." I wish they would try to interfere.

5. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Motogoogle.:)

6. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

Moogle?!

7. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Googlerola

8. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

Sounds too much like granola

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

(insert evil laughter and fingers tapping each other here) :)

13. droidnator

Posts: 93; Member since: Mar 10, 2011

Oh, snap, mr. Lewis, that comment right hit the spot >:)

10. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

the eu could have stalled the deal to sue google and help pay part of their debts.

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Good news. Now I will wait till Motorola makes a MOTOROLA NEXUS PHONE

12. mobileuser

Posts: 66; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

This is good news. I think all smart phone users will welcome that because apple can now no longer sue Google on those stupid patent issues.

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