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The Motorola gambit: what Google really got by selling an American icon

31
Jan
2014

Google’s romance with Motorola was star-crossed from the start. With the $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola it wasn’t just taking on an ailing manufacturer — challenge enough — but simultaneously competing with Google’s own hardware partners in the Android ecosystem, meaning it had to tread carefully. Unfortunately for Google, the much-ballyhooed war chest of intellectual property didn’t hold up in the courtroom. Google’s initial motivation for buying Motorola was extremely simple: Motorola’s patent portfolio included core pieces of standard technologies like Wi-Fi and GSM.

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