U.S., EU Approve Google's Purchase of Motorola

Written by John Ponio    Monday, 13 February 2012 18:06

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The U.S. Department of Justice and the European Union have approved Google's purchase of Motorola Mobility, despite some concern by many how Google will use the patents it acquires through the purchase. Aside from the manufacturing ability of Motorola, which theoretically will allow Google to start making their own phone, Google will receive 17,000 patents and 7,500 patent applications. Joaquin Almunia, EU Competition Commissioner, said, "This merger decision should not and will not mean that we are not concerned by the possibility that, once Google is the owner of this portfolio, Google can abuse these patents, linking some patents with its Android devices. This is our worry." Although Google has the go-ahead from the U.S. and the EU, they still need to wait on regulators in China, Taiwan, and Israel. You can read a little more about it here.