Patent Portfolio Key Aspect of the Deal
[C]ompanies including Microsoft and Apple are banding together in anti-competitive patent attacks on Android. The U.S. Department of Justice had to intervene in the results of one recent patent auction to “protect competition and innovation in the open source software community” and it is currently looking into the results of the Nortel auction. Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.
Mindful of Competitors' Nortel Patent Purchase, Agencies May Impose a Consent Decree on Google/Motorola
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