Analysis: Google’s Motorola deal is patently defensive – Technology & Science – CBC News

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This week, Google rocked the smartphone world by announcing its plans to acquire Motorola Mobility.

It’s a big deal. Google intends to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion US in cash, making it Google’s biggest acquisition ever.

It also marks a major change in strategy for Google’s Android smartphone business. Up until now, Google’s focus has been on software. Its engineers write the Android operating system, then Google partners with various manufacturers who actually build smartphone hardware. With the Motorola deal, Google is very clearly getting into the hardware business, which is new territory for them.

The most interesting part of this story isn’t that Google is buying Motorola. It’s why Google is buying Motorola.

“So Dan,” you might be thinking. “A big search company wants to buy a big cellphone company. Why should I care?”

Well, for me, the most interesting part of this story isn’t that Google is buying Motorola. It’s why Google is buying Motorola.

The reason: patents.

via: Google’s Motorola deal is patently defensive – Technology & Science – CBC News

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Strange Random Patent Quote:

“.. the very first official thing I did, in my administration – – and it was on the very first day of it, too – was to start a patent office; for I knew that a country without a patent office and good patent laws was just a crab, and couldn’t travel any way but sideways or backways”. – Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

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