Originally Posted by vvswarup
So your explanation for Google not wielding their patent portfolio is they they'd rather be the white knight in shining armor.
How utterly asinine! Sorry to burst your bubble but no corporation with any hope of staying in business would pay several billion dollars for a company that's losing money if it didn't think there was something of value. Google was shaking in its boots seeing how its Android licensees were being forced to fork over cash to Microsoft in patent royalties. Google feared for the long-term liability of the Android platform. Motorola was losing money. It was trying to sell itself. Google made an offer to Motorola and was laughed out of the boardroom with a warning that Motorola would sell to Microsoft. Motorola's treasure trove of patents going to Microsoft was the stuff of nightmares to Google. In order to avoid this, Google ate crow and forked over $12.5 billion.
Google's hope was to be able to utilize Motorola's patent portfolio. In fact why don't you try to explain what "inestimable value" there is to be had in not using aggressively using Motorola's patent portfolio? I can't think of any explanation...
Let's compare evidence then shall we?
1. Google has been around for about 16 years now. Is it reasonable to believe no other search or ad provider has purposefully or accidentally used Google IP without permission over those 16 years? Then how many of it's search competitors have they sued over the years?
to closing on the Motorola Mobility deal Google controlled 2000+ patents, give or take a few, in several different arenas. Companies with far far fewer patents still attack other players, even bigger ones. How many of those patents did Google use in legal actions against its competitors up to that point?
3. Motorola started several infringement actions over numerous patents against a few different techs prior to Google taking the reins of MM. After
Google purchased them many new IP cases has Motorola Mobility filed?
4. Prompted by MM saber-rattling Google removed the threat of further MM patents attacks from the tech landscape, preventing a further ramp-up in the IP wars and a waste of millions in over-reaching royalties and legal fees. Google's IP may even have been the impetus behind Apple making a surprise cross-license agreement with HTC.
Now what evidence do you have for your claim that Google intended to aggressively attack Apple or MS or Nokia or anyone else once they had their hands on Moto IP, and that was the plan all along? What proof can you offer that Google's IP is worthless?Edited by Gatorguy - 12/19/13 at 6:48pm