Motorola Yields 18 Patents Google Can Use Against Apple

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    Google’s recent plans to purchase Motorola Mobility was quite a shock. The buyout could change a lot of things in terms of who’s holding what and what’s going to get made. Make no mistake, Google’s planned acquisition is a strategic move to position itself in the marketplace and we’ll be feeling the effects of this purchase for years to come.

    One of the prime reasons for Google’s purchase is to protect themselves from possible litigation that targets their Android platform and throw a monkey wrench at their competitor Apple’s plans. Throughout its history, Motorola managed to amass over 17,000 patents, but all Google needs is 18 of those to make sure they’re safe.


    These 18 patents have been with Motorola since 1994, and were the heart of three Motorola lawsuits against Apple. This makes them the crown jewels of the collection. This set of patents cover technology essential to the mobile device industry. This includes location services, antenna designs, e-mail transmission, touchscreen motions, software-application management and third- generation wireless. Planning to pay over $12.5 billion to own Motorola Mobility, Google is sure to add their patents to its own to keep Android safe. Google has been a busy bee in the patent department lately, with already over a thousand patents issued since the beginning of the year. Motorola Mobility’s already impressive 17,000 patents add to this, with 7,500 patents still pending.


    So why is Google hot to protect its IP? The search leader has already faced several legal challenges; namely from Oracle and Skyhook. However, with Android managing to claw away nearly 44 percent of the market from Apple. This sort of behavior can cause trouble for a burgeoning IP. A single IP lawsuit can leave Android gasping for its breath.

    With the recent announcement of this purchase, Google is telling everyone that they can handle themselves and have a possibility of fighting back.

    SOURCE: Motorola Yields 18 Patents Google Can Use Against Apple
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    I say go for Blood! Beat the hell oit of Apple with them to where they end up as Applesauce and regret even going after Samsung with their generic drawing of a tablet.
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    So basically, Google is buying 18 patents for $12.5 Bil.

    I need to come up with a patent to sell them. :)
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    LOL Saw what ya did there but to be honest; Motorola was dying a slow, painful death until they released the D1. This phone single handedly took them from the brink of death. I'm not saying that Moto is worth 12.5 billion; more along the lines of "this was a package deal" sort of thing. Any company that beats the snot out of apple has my support.
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    Not really, they payed 12.5bil for. 17,000 plus 7000 pending patents. But all they need to defend themselves against law suits are thos 18

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    Interested to see the touchscreen motions Motorola has patents on since 1994.
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    Because competition is not good for anyone... /sigh
    Just so i know , Its ok for Google to Buy up patents and go after people, But Apple cant go after people that Copy them?

    I have always used Motorola phones up until the iPhone was released.
    Was always happy with there products. Not so certain I would buy another if Google is taking over.
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    Hmm, Apple probably has never copied anything.

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    I never said that, and I know better than to make a statement like that.

    How many Successfull Tablets were there before the iPad?
    How many Touch screen phones were before the iPhone?
    Dont get me wrong Im not saying they invented the wheel

    According to Droidforums.net Apple is the Devil if they try to protect there patents, But its ok for Google to Buy patents ( read NOT INVENTING ) and than go after other?

    How much of Android do you think Google Created ?
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    none. they bought Android Inc. that's not the point. if android weren't successful, you wouldn't be hearing a peep out of apple, but since it is, and google didn't have the established patent portfolio, AND apple doesn't know how to fight with better tech and software, they're going litigiously offensive. that's just wrong. it's not about protection of their intellectual property, as they weren't the first in any of the related markets. it's just protection of their wallets.
    If google were to just attack back, that would be defensive, for themselves and on the behalf of every other android licensee out there.
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    You seem to mussunderstand.google is not going to fight apple, they ate going to protect themselves from apple cause apple loves lawsuits. They can't win in tech so what's the other way to get rid of tour competition?

    Kill the company not the product. Google knows this and they knew android was a target so they bought motor to protect themselves from apple.

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    yeah poor little Android right?
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    These "corwn jewel" patents expire in a couple of years. They better move quick, 'cos in 2014, they're junk.
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    Source please.

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    I'm pretty postive they will renew them.

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    Yea I don't see why they wouldn't. That would be like throwing away billions of dollars and someone else picking them up.

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    Umm... how about from the article itself? The patents were applied for in 1994. Patents last 20 years. They will expire in 2014.
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    Patents cannot be renewed. They are not copyrights or trademarks. Once a patent expires, the invention becomes part of the public domain. The purpose of patents is to grant the inventor a monopoly for a period of time in return for making the details of their invention public to help facilitate further innovation--that's the theory, anyways. In reality, patents hinder innovation, especially frivolous patents like most software patents.
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    Protecting themselves Im ok with, Thats What Apple is doing...


    Sarreq,
    "Apple doesnt Know how to fight with better tech and software"

    Which Android manufacturer is selling more phones than Apple?
    HTC, Motorola, Samsung ...
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    That was SOOO not my point. The point was if Apple wants to push lawsuits based on generic drawings of a tablet, something that is so plain it could almost be confused with a flatscreen tv, then Google, HP, and anyone else that holds patents that have the remote chance of being too close to something Apple uses, should go for blood.
    It's not about competition, but about Apple bullying the competition out of business. My stance is and always has been, that Apple has become the very monster they complain Microsoft was just 15 years ago.