Europe and US Gives Google-Motorola Merger Their Blessings

February 14th, 2012 at 2:31 am

The Google-Motorola Mobility deal is officially a go!

Reuters reports that the European Commission has approved Google’s $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility. However, the office will remain vigilant and keep its eye on Google to make sure telecom-related patents would be licensed at fair prices.

Included in the deal are Motorola’s 17,000-plus patents and 7,500 patent applications, which Google hopes would defend itself and Android phone manufacturers in patent litigation no thanks to Apple.

Hours after the EU nod, the US Justice Department gave the acquisition its own blessing. The governing body cites that it does not consider the merger as an immediate threat to competition. But like its European counterpart, the Department serves a stern warning to the web search giant that it “will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action to stop any anticompetitive use of standard essential patent rights.”

We cannot blame the governing bodies to warn Google, as major mobile companies have been suing each other left and right over patent infringement claims.

Google still needs approval from China, Israel, and Taiwan.

Source: Engadget (1) and (2)