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August 15, 2011 / David Bleeker

Motorola acquisition means Google gets 17,000 patents, 3 times Nortel’s

So – Google has acquired Motorola’s mobile phone business for a whopping $12.5 billion. Things just got very interesting in the Google, Apple and Microsoft battle.

Android now has around half of the global smartphone market. And combined with iOS, Google and Apple account for over two-thirds of the smartphone market globally.

It’s easy to explain Android’s dominance. It’s a free, open-source platform, and thus can be used by any mobile phone manufacturer, just as the likes of HTC, Samsung, Acer, Sony Ericsson, LG and Motorola already do.

News that Google has acquired Motorola Mobility means that besides now adding a mobile phone company to its repertoire, it also owns many, many patents.

Motorola Mobility spun off as an independent company from Motorola back in January, and at that time it announced it had over 24,000 patents ‘granted and pending’, though it’s thought its actual existing portfolio is around the 17,000 mark. These will now belong to Google. [read more]

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