Google-Motorola deal likely but scrutiny to last
Google is likely to get the green light from European and U.S. regulators as early as next week for its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, but the company will likely face continued scrutiny over what’s seen as a lax pledge to license key smartphone patents, sources told POLITICO.
The development is part of an epic battle between mobile phone giants Apple, Microsoft, Google, Samsung and others in courts around the world over who owns the patents for what technologies — sometimes resulting in injunctions barring sales of certain devices.
“Google needs those patents because it is fighting a war,” said Robert Barr, executive director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and formerly Cisco’s vice president for intellectual property and worldwide patent counsel. “They have to get approval.”