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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Google’s Acquisition of Motorola Spotlights Patents

“Google, in announcing a $12.5 billion deal for Motorola Mobility on Monday, saved its warmest words not for Motorola Mobility’s management or its products, but for one valuable asset: the company’s roughly 17,000 patents, as well as an additional 7,500 patents that are under government review. That intellectual property portfolio is a treasure trove for Google because the battle in wireless is one that is increasingly being fought in court.” (New York Times)

Resources spent on patent litigation can’t be devoted to consumer satisfaction.

FEE Timely Classic
“Intellectual Property: Silly or Sinister?” by David K. Levine