Google purchase of Motorola Mobility about to get the green light from the Justice Department

Google purchase of Motorola Mobility about to get the green light from the Justice Department
Unlike AT&T's failed purchase of T-Mobile, the wireless industry seems on the verge of seeing a major merger close. According to people familiar with the case, the Justice Department is about to give its blessing to Google's $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility. While Motorola Mobility does have a roster of well-accepted Android smartphones such as the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX, the impetus for the deal was the Mountain View based company's desire to acquire its target's patent portfolio. The approval is penciled in for sometime next week. There are still worries on the mind of anti-trust enforcers in the U.S. and Europe. These regulators want to make sure that after the deal closes, Google will still license the Motolrola Mobility patents fairly to its competition.

Again, according to those in the know, the Justice Department is also expected to approve another deal as it will allow a group of tech giants like Apple, RIM and Microsoft to join together in purchasing patents from bankrupt Canadian firm Nortel Networks Corp. for $4.5 billion. The worry here is that this group could get together to use these acquired patents to attack Google's Android OS. The Justice Department did not comment.

Some patented technology has become industry standards and some companies owning these patents are licensing them to the competition  under  fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms, also known as FRAND. Recently Motorola argued in a German court that Apple infringed on its FRAND patent and won an injunction temporarily forcing Apple to stop the sale of certain of its products on its German online store.

source: WSJ

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12 Comments

1. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

good news for google. bad news for apple's legal department.

2. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Now...how about Nexus RAZR with monstrous specs :)

3. ljruble

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

This is good news both for Android and my cash balance from the stock buyout :)

4. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

Does this mean that the next Nexus device will be a Motorola device?

5. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Google has damn clear vision. Go Goooooooooooogle..........

6. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Apple legal will not like, Anyway Go Google and hope google doesn't go sour in the future with these pofolio patents.

7. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

So this year apple will really launch a thermonuclear war against Android but they will not win and I hope Motorola will ban all apple products

8. putanginanyo

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

At least they're not linking to Florian Mueller, He's crying just as much as Apple now about things not being fair. And we all know who started it.

9. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

motorola+Google=apple killer :D and im sorry samsung but if the merger happens i will probably buy moto products from now if they turn stock

10. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I hope this doesn't affect the apps (like the Motorola music app that streams music from your home computer) or Motoblur that will be available on newer phones, I've become quite accustomed to them on my RAZR

11. Confucio

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Google is gonna end buying everything... Even a car brand xD

12. exduke12

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

too bad for samsung :(

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