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US: Motorola sale shows vitality of patents

 |  January 31, 2014

While Google will reportedly unload its struggling wireless unit Motorola Mobility, the company is set to retain the majority of the Motorola patent portfolio, a move reports say shows the crucial nature of intellectual property for today’s top tech firms.

Google is set to divest Motorola to Lenovo Group in a $2.9 billion deal, while just days earlier it struck a patent licensing agreement with Samsung.

Reports say it’s part of Google’s strategy to protect itself against patent litigation, a topic that is heating up antitrust discussions as the existence of patent trolls threatens innovation. It may also be a sign, reports say, that Google is focused on maintaining its strength against rival Apple by boosting its intellectual property holdings.

Full Content: SFGate

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