Google purchase of Motorola Mobility awaiting Chinese approval

Google purchase of Motorola Mobility awaiting Chinese approval
Google's $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility has received clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice, the European Union and a number of other regulatory agencies that you've probably never heard of. However, both companies are still awaiting the approval of China's anti-trust agency. According to a filing made Monday by Motorola, the agency has extended the second phase of its investigation which could mean more delays.

While Motorola and Google still expect the deal to close in the first half of the year, they said that neither could give assurance that the deal will get green lit in China. The deal was announced last August and is seen as a way for Google to bolster its patent portfolio by purchasing all of the protected technology belonging to Motorola Mobility. At the time that the deal was announced, it was believed that the latter owned 17,000 patents.

source: SlashGear

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2 Comments

1. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

good luck with that china is in no hurry the fact that they have an regulatory body is just crazy

2. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

Frankly I think the governmental interference of ANY single or group of country to this extent on the global free-market is just absurd.

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