Motorola Mobility's shareholders approve Google merger

Motorola Mobility's shareholders approve Google merger

Summary: Motorola Mobility's shareholders have overwhelmingly agreed to a Google merger. But the U.S. Justice Dept. still remains silent on the issue.

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Motorola Mobility has been given the green light to merge with Google by its shareholders during a special meeting on Thursday.

99 percent of the shares voting at yesterday's meeting of stockholders voted in favour of the adoption of the merger agreement, representing nearly three-quarters of Motorola Mobility's total outstanding shares.

The two companies are now a step closer to making the merger happen, with Google currently expecting the $12.5 billion acquisition to go ahead by early 2012.

Sanjay Jha, chairman and chief executive of Motorola Mobility said, "We look forward to working with Google to realize the significant value this combination will bring to our stockholders and all the new opportunities it will provide our dedicated employees, customers, and partners".

By bringing Google and Motorola Mobility together, it will allow the smartphone maker to team up with the mobile operating system creator and search giant to create an ecosystem for Android, which currently holds the first-place spot as the most popular mobile device operating system in the U.S. and the UK.

The move will also enable Google to acquire a number of key patents from Motorola, which will bolster the company's position as it continues to fight legal disputes over alleged patent infringement.

But Google recently stated that the Motorola Mobility arm be treated as a third-party smartphone maker, rather than being made a subsidiary of the larger search giant's company

Google also said that it would not favour its acquisition over any other Android partner.

So far, it has been quiet on the anti-competitive, antitrust front, with no company publicly denouncing the merger. But the U.S. Justice Dept. will still need to approve the merger, but looks so far at this stage the deal will go ahead.

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  • RE: Motorola Mobility's shareholders approve Google merger

    They should open up a patent repository, allow people\companies to submit permission for using various patents for defense against MS and Apple's BS. Build a giant legal wall that these two companies can't bypass and open the use up for anyone wanting to market Android OS.
    Socratesfoot
    • Google doesn't want that. They want to keep their own patents to themselves

      @Socratesfoot
      while using everybody else's patents when it suits them.

      Google is hardly what anyone would call a benign and caring company.
      William Farrell
      • RE: Motorola Mobility's shareholders approve Google merger

        @William Farrell <br> <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/barnes-noble-challenges-microsofts-infringement-claims-with-43-pages-of-prior-art/16382?tag=content;search-results-river" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/barnes-noble-challenges-microsofts-infringement-claims-with-43-pages-of-prior-art/16382?tag=content;search-results-river</a><br><br>Microsoft's R&D department is full of lawyers who try and patent other people's innovation and then use their financial muscle (obtained from monopolies) to extort fees. I certainly don't blame Google for exposing them, but Google should have seen that Microsoft would be quite clever in their extortion by going great lengths to make sure the public wouldn't know of these bogus patents. Regardless, the truth is starting to come out. The DoJ should have realized that a decade of oversight does not necessarily stop them from being anti-competitive any more than a criminal all of a sudden stops being a criminal after spending a decade in jail.
        anono
      • So. It doesn't change Google's stance on this.

        @anono

        And as we can see with code in Android and what not, the truth is already out. Google's R&D department is full of lawyers who try and patent/steel other people's innovation and then use their financial muscle giving away other people's IP.

        That is the one undeniable truth here, and the Oracle lawsuit proves that beyond a shadow of a doubt.
        William Farrell
      • RE: Motorola Mobility's shareholders approve Google merger

        @William Farrell <br>The truth is out indeed. Would you look at that, I even posted a link to it.<br><br>First, Patent infringement is not theft so even if I take Microsoft's side (that Android infringes on patents that they try their best to not reveal), then no one is still stealing. Second, Google doesn't sell hardware thus even if Patent infringement was stealing (which it is not) and even if MS had a valid case (which is looking less and less likely, see link above) then Google still hasn't stolen. Learn the basics before you make yourself look more foolish.

        Also, I don't like our current patent system and I think it's pretty much impossible to make anything without infringing some patents which I consider bogus. Still, compared to MS, I applaud Oracle and Apple for the openness they have shown in going after Android. They've come out and said what they said Android infringes and allowed the world to judge it's validity.
        anono
  • RE: Motorola Mobility's shareholders approve Google merger

    Include Intellectual Ventures and Oracle in that list of patent trolls...
    thesuperstitions@...