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Google's $12.5bn acquisition of Motorola, already $13bn
Google bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion but since its acquisition, the figure has risen to $13 billion thanks to the incurring of restructuring costs. In buying the smartphone-building unit, Google acquired around 17,000 patents, which it needed to fend off legal challenges from its Android mobile operating system, but the division continues to hemorrhage money.
However, a new lawsuit may determine exactly how much those 17,000 patents are worth, and it would be seriously embarrassing for the search giant if those patents did not in fact amount to, or even close to the $12.5 billion the firm paid for Motorola Mobility in the first place.