Originally Posted by freckledbruh
The problem with that is if the patents are indeed fundamental, then they become standardized and must be licensed to any and every one at a set price.
The patents are, at least according to Jha, a mixture of essential patents and unencumbered patents - I believe that the ones that Moto is asserting against Apple mostly fall into the latter camp. For example Moto is currently assertinghttp://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-P...&RS=PN/6246862
Which seems to be a patent covering disabling the touchscreen when the phone is up against your ear.
After this play, I have to seriously question Android's profitability. Google has spent a great deal of money on a handset business that is bleeding cash every quarter. Google also has some potentially high dollar lawsuits against it because of android. Google has been less than upfront of what android earns in revenue from the beginning. How much is too much when it comes to this "free" OS?
To be fair to Moto they're not bleeding very much, they hover mostly around break even. Definitely interesting times though - buying Moto significantly increases Google's legal liability as well as their defence.