• Google just bought Motorola Mobility

    It appears Google just bought the mobile arm of Motorola for $12.5 billion!
    Yahoo is reporting that the agreement is paying a premium of 63% per share over the price they were trading at on Friday.Google are planning to run it as a separate business but one has to wonder what the next wave of Motorola handsets will be like when they are released.
    This could also mean big changes for the tablets Motorola have been producing and certainly seems to explain why no Motorola Windows Phone 7 handsets appeared.

    Will Google bring more to the table like the Nexus range which were very nice as Android phones go?
    Also I wonder if Motorola is actually making the next Nexus not Samsung as rumoured now?

    This also could make Google a direct target for litigation unlike before when Apple/MS sued the hardware companies for running Android rather then Google directly.

    Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Google-to-Acquire-Motorola-bw-4079820793.html?x=0&.v=1


    Comments 11 Comments
    1. Dos_Box's Avatar
      Dos_Box -
      That's is a bit of a surprise, however it does make sense. Apple have their own hardware platform, Microsoft are well bedded in with Nokia now, and that just left Google looking for a more permanent home for Android. Will they rebrand the Motorola phone brand to Google I wonder?
    1. jinnantonnixx's Avatar
      jinnantonnixx -
      Now that Google has an interest in the handset manufacturing side, I wonder how they'll play the device patent game? Until now, Microsoft have been extracting patent licencing fees from the manufacturers of Android devices for each device sold. This hasn't been much of a concern for Google until now.
    1. SYNACK's Avatar
      SYNACK -
      Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx View Post
      Now that Google has an interest in the handset manufacturing side, I wonder how they'll play the device patent game? Until now, Microsoft have been extracting patent licencing fees from the manufacturers of Android devices for each device sold. This hasn't been much of a concern for Google until now.
      Between the Motorola holdings and the Google ones they may well have enough patents to enter into the standard fausteian deal like the others using MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) to prevent any real patent issues.

      The current state of patents is stupid, I'm still waiting for one of these companies (probably Apple) to patent air and demand that everyone pay them or stop breathing, it's nuts.
    1. jinnantonnixx's Avatar
      jinnantonnixx -
      Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
      The current state of patents is stupid, I'm still waiting for one of these companies (probably Apple) to patent air and demand that everyone pay them or stop breathing, it's nuts.
      That's nothing - have you heard of something called 'Community Design?'. This isn't a patent, or a trademark, but a foul mix of the two.

      If I understand the principles correctly, make a sketch of something, submit it to OHIM, wait for someone to make something that looks even remotely similar then bring out an injunction against your competitor. As the community design has been accepted, it is taken as a valid previous work and the injunction will be upheld immediately. Bingo!

      The Community Design: ...and you Thought the USPTO Was Bad


      Be sure to read page 2...

      One of the worst Community Designs from Microsoft covers waving your right hand. I kid you not. This is related to Kinect, of course, but it is listed as an interface element - meaning, the actual gesture of waving is now a Community Design.
    1. SYNACK's Avatar
      SYNACK -
      Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx View Post
      That's nothing - have you heard of something called 'Community Design?'. This isn't a patent, or a trademark, but a foul mix of the two.

      If I understand the principles correctly, make a sketch of something, submit it to OHIM, wait for someone to make something that looks even remotely similar then bring out an injunction against your competitor. As the community design has been accepted, it is taken as a previous work and the injunction will be upheld immediately. Bingo!

      The Community Design: ...and you Thought the USPTO Was Bad
      Eek, it really is getting insane. With everyone suing everyone else and trying to prevent import of their compeditors brands lately I'm beginning to wonder how long any company without 80% lawyer staffing will survive.
    1. CyberNerd's Avatar
      CyberNerd -
      and to think that Intellectual Property is supposedly there to encourage companies who innovate!
    1. jinnantonnixx's Avatar
      jinnantonnixx -
      Get a load of this:
      Apple Samsung Lawsuit

      Go to page 23 where we learn of Samsung having the audacity to copy Apple's box (tm).

      Behold the impressive features of this Box (tm)

      The following Apple Product Packaging Trade Dress is incorporated in the Samsung Galaxy Tab
      tablet computer products:
      - a rectangular box with metallic silver lettering and a large front-view picture of the product prominently on the top surface of the box;
      - a two-piece box wherein the bottom piece is completely nested in the top piece;
      and
      - use of a design that cradles products to make them immediately visible upon opening the box.
    1. featured_spectre's Avatar
      featured_spectre -
      Apple are suing all and sundry about various infringements.

      As for google, they are looking at the motorola route to improve their nexus brand of handsets whilst increasing their variety of handsets at the same time by expanding heavily onto the motorola handsets
    1. mac_shinobi's Avatar
      mac_shinobi -
      It won't be iGoogle, it will be uGoogle
    1. CyberNerd's Avatar
      CyberNerd -
      Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
      As for google, they are looking at the motorola route to improve their nexus brand of handsets whilst increasing their variety of handsets at the same time by expanding heavily onto the motorola handsets
      nah, they just need the patents to keep android from being patented out of the market by MS/Apple.
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