31 Jan '14, 5pm

Google Highlights Value of Patents in Motorola Sale to Lenovo

Google Highlights Value of Patents in Motorola Sale to Lenovo

Google has exited the smartphone manufacturing business and shored up Android's legal defenses in the smartphone patent wars in a single week. The technology giant sold off Motorola Mobility to Lenovo in a US $12.5-billion deal on Wednesday that allowed it to hold onto most of Motorola's patent portfolio. The sale of Motorola Mobility also comes hot on the heels of Google's huge patent-licensing agreement with Samsung this week, according to Bloomberg News . Together, the two deals allow Google to take a better defensive posture against mobile operating system rivals such as Apple and Microsoft—a necessary step in a time when patents have become legal weapons in the ongoing battle for smartphone market dominance. "The reason [Google] didn't give all the patents to Lenovo was to create an umbrella for Android," said Mark Harris , a contributing editor to IEEE Spectrum, who ...

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