Motorola might only be worthy to Google for 18 patents

Motorola might only be worthy to Google for 18 patents

Summary: Google's proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility would entitle the Android OS maker to thousands of patents. But only 18 of them might be worth anything.

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In other Google and Motorola news, it's time to go back to talking patents. Google announced its intended acquisition of Motorola Mobility last week.

For $12.5 billion, Google would be getting the rights to approximately 17,000 patents as well as another 7,500 pending applications. That's quite the step up considering Google only has roughly 1,000 to start with at the moment.

However, out of all of those patents, only 18 would be of any actual value to the Goog, according to Bloomberg:

The inventions date back to 1994 and form the heart of three Motorola lawsuits against Apple Inc. (AAPL), making them among the stars of the portfolio, said David Mixon, a patent lawyer at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Huntsville, Alabama. They cover technology essential to the mobile-device industry, including location services, antenna designs, e-mail transmission, touch- screen motions, software-application management and third- generation wireless.

Of course, 18 might be all that Google needs to back off from being so defensive and solidify its fight against that "hostile, organized campaign" that Google asserted its competitors were waging against Android.

Dean Becker, CEO of Palm Beach, Florida-based ICAP Patent Brokerage also told Bloomberg that Google only needs a few to bolster its legal position against such rivals.

This might not be the only occasion in which tech giants are fighting over patent portfolios filled by the thousands for only a handful to protect themselves. Just look at Kodak, InterDigital and Nortel. This is really the perfect time for these flailing companies and more out there to sell off their patents for more than they are probably worth before this bubble bursts.

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  • RE: Motorola might only be worthy to Google for 18 patents

    Are we by any chance in a patent bubble?
    It seems that companies with money are throwing obscene amounts of money just to get "patents". It looks like a mad gold rush. It is embarrassing.
    paul2011
  • RE: Motorola might only be worthy to Google for 18 patents

    Google might want to consider purchasing Palm/WebOS from HP in lieu of going forward with the Motorola acquisition. Buying Palm/WebOS would be considerably cheaper than Motorola and the Palm/WebOS patents would most likely get the job done with Apple.

    Then Google could cross-license its newly-acquired Palm/WebOS patents with Motorola and have the best of both worlds for less expense. In addition, Google would not place themselves into the hardware business (I honestly believe that Google does not want to be in the hardware business) and would have better success maintaining parity amongst its OEMs.

    But, I wonder if Samsung might beat Google to Palm/WebOS.
    Rabid Howler Monkey
  • RE: Motorola might only be worthy to Google for 18 patents

    What dignity has google got from a technology perspective??? Pity those 'fanboys'...
    owlnet
    • RE: Motorola might only be worthy to Google for 18 patents

      @owlnet I know, what will you Apple fans do without being able to use Touchscreen Motions on your Phones and Tablets?
      slickjim
  • RE: Motorola might only be worthy to Google for 18 patents

    "touch- screen motions, software-application management..."

    But... but... to read the comments on ZDNet, Apple invented those things!
    jgm@...
    • RE: Motorola might only be worthy to Google for 18 patents

      @jgm@... ZDNet Bloggers don't deal in Reality, they got a little too close to the Reality Distortion Field.
      slickjim
  • RE: Motorola might only be worthy to Google for 18 patents

    Was the title of this article translated from Chinese or something?<br><br>And apparently she didn't read the whole article she linked to.<br><br>"I would be shocked if they brought all of the patents they thought were of value in this first round of litigation, Epstein said. They brought a set of patents that they thought would do a job they set out for, which is telling Apple to back off."<br><br>Meaning there are probably quite a number of patents they could use against Apple if needed.
    Theli