Google Gains key Patents From Motorola
18 Key Patents From Motorola
Out of Motorola’s massive portfolio it looks like 18 patents will be key to Google being able to defend the Android platform. This is according to patent lawyer David Mixon, a patent lawyer at Bradley Arant Bout Cummings in Huntsville, Alabama. Mixon states that Motorola has 18 integral patents involving mobile device technology necessary, including antenna designs, email transmissions, location services, software-application management, 3G wireless, and touchscreen motions.
Last week Google Bought Patent Powerhouse Motorola for $12.5 billion in the hopes that their patents would stave off all suits against the Android platform and its partners. Motorola has 17,000 registered patents and then they have another 7,500 patents pending.
Motorola’s Patent Powerhouse
Google may only need these 18 patents to solidify its fight against the “hostile, organized campaign” its competitors Android platform and its partners are waging against. Motorola has been around since the beginning and their patents, dating back to 1994, are at the center of three Motorola lawsuits against Apple.
Google did miss out on Nortel patents, approximately 6,500 patents, and InterDigital put its 8,000 patents (which are now on the auction block for the highest bidder). Previous to Google purchasing Motorola, Google itself only had 867 patents of their own.
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