Google keeps most Motorola Mobility patents in sale to Lenovo

Google’s retention of key patents helps keep Android’s prospects strong

Motorola Mobility is being sold to Chinese technology giant Lenovo for $2.91 billion, just a few years after Google purchased the mobile handset company for $12.5 billion in 2011. However, one major discrepancy can account for the major price difference — Google is keeping a large percentage of Motorola Mobility’s patent portfolio.

Motorola Mobility CEO Larry Woodside said in a blog post that Google would retain ownership of a “vast majority” of the Motorola Mobility patent portfolio, including current patent applications and invention disclosures. He did say, however, that Google would license these patents for Lenovo’s use.

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Zach Warren is Assistant Editor of InsideCounsel magazine, where he oversees online content submissions and administers InsideCounsel's enewsletters. Zach specializes in new media and multimedia...

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