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DOJ to also clear Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 09 Feb 2012 12:44

DOJ to also clear Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility The U.S. Justice Department is also preparing to clear Google's purchase of Motorola Mobility.
In August, Google shocked the tech world by announcing it was acquiring the company for $12.5 billion, mainly in an effort to protect its Android platform. Motorola had over 17,000 valuable patents, which Google will use in defense of its smartphone platform.

Despite being cleared, regulators in the U.S. and Europe will continue to monitor the situation to see if Google will license Motorola patents to competitors on fair terms (FRAND/Fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) as they have been ordered to.

The European Commission will make its decision on the acquisition on Monday.

Motorola Mobility will run separately from Google, and the company will continue to license Android to all current and future manufacturers.

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