Originally Posted by NasserAE
I wonder if Samsung and Motorola lawyers know what they are doing. They seem to get beaten on every angle. So far they did terrible job.
Google know this and this is I think they didn't buy Motorola for patents.
Originally Posted by mdriftmeyer
Motorola wins either way they slice it. If Google pulls out they must pay them $3.5 Billion for doing so. If they absorb the merger then MMI investors feel vindicated after a decade plus of terrible management seeing mountains of engineering talent disappear.
The video interview is far more weighty than the article write up here on AI.
If Google didn't buy MMI for the patents, they must have paid that premium for the handset business or Cable STB business -- or both or all three: patents, handset, STB.
As has been discussed in many threads, the anticipated results of the MMI purchase:
1) the patents will not protect Android or its licensees against litigation -- especially from Oracle.
2) the plan to have an autonomous
handset "division" has sent a message to Android licensees to look for alternative OSes where the supplier won't also be a [possibly] unfair competitor.
3) the STBs won't provide an entré into the "TV Content" business as the Networks/CableCos will not let Moogle gain a chokehold on content distribution.
4) likely, Google cannot sell off the handset and STB divisions without including the patents.
5) If everything stays the same vis-a-vis Google, Android and Android Licensees -- it will take Google a decade to recover the cost of their investment with mobile ad revenue.
This, likely, means that Google must aggressively enter the handset business using Android or other mobile OS to recover the investment in MMI -- and it will likely take years, if successful.
It seems as if Google has rushed itself into a position,
that no matter what they do -- it will make things worse
If they are smart, they will try to negotiate that $3.5 Billion fee down, and back out of the MMI deal, settle with Oracle ASAP, then try to rebuild the relationship with the Android Licensees.
The latter is the most difficult:Trust is like virginity -- once broken, never mended!