Apple and Microsoft’s Anti-Competitive Ways Prompted Google’s Acquisition of Motorola Mobility

Google’s chief executive officer Larry Page, in a post made on the Official Google Blog, shared his views about how the anti-competitive ways of both Apple and Microsoft prompted the Mountain View company to acquire handset maker Motorola Mobility.

Page claims that Google’s open source Android platform has been subject to anti-competitive patent attacks from Apple, Microsoft, and other companies. Through its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, Page suggests that Google will be able to better protect its Android platform against this patent litigation because it will greatly increase the open source operating system’s patent portfolio. Google will acquire nearly 25,000 patents from Motorola Mobility, of which 17,000 are filed and 7,500 are pending. Many of the patents are related to wireless standards, but a number of patents are also considered non-essential. Motorola’s current chief executive officer Sanjay Jha said that’s important, because it’s non-essential patents that are required to deliver competitive products to market.

“I think that we’ve seen some very aggressive licensing demands in the Android ecosystem,” said Google’s chief legal officer David C. Drummond. “And we think that having the patent portfolio will make sure that Android is open and vibrant, and the kind of platform that lots of companies can remain on.”


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