Sunday, February 12, 2012

Google + Motorola Deal Clears Regulatory Hurdles

Google's bid to acquire Motorola Mobility received regulatory clearance from the European Union and the U.S. Department of Justice. The deal was first announced on Aug. 15, 2011. The companies say the merger will "supercharge" Android.

Motorola Mobility is the holder of a portfolio of approximately 17,000 issued patents and 6,800 applications, including hundreds of standard essential patents (SEPs) relevant to wireless devices that Motorola Mobility committed to license through its participation in standard-setting organizations (SSOs).

Separately, the U.S. Department of Justice also approved the acquisitions by Apple, Microsoft and Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) of certain Nortel Networks Corporation patents, and the acquisition by Apple of certain Novell patents.