A few years ago, Google bought out Motorola. A lot of people were scratching their heads about the deal. They thought that Google was basically getting into territory that it has no business getting into. Up to that time, Google has primarily been an online player. People were scratching their heads why Google would pay billions of dollars. We’re talking 12.4 billion dollars to be exact for Motorola.
Motorola if you can remember was one of the most recognized names in mobile phone technology. Well, it became obviously clear that Google was not so much after Motorola’s business and brand. It was after something that had more value for the future. In short, Google was gunning for Motorola’s patent library. How big is this patent library? We’re talking over 17,000 patents regarding telephone technology.
Fast forward to today, and it appears that the US appeals court has sided with Apple regarding Motorola’s patent infringement claim. Shortly after Google bought out Motorola, Motorola filed a claim against Apple, claiming that its methods of delivering data to its subscriber unit is very similar to Motorola’s existing technology. In other words, Motorola claim that Apple infringed on its patent. Well, it looks like that the appeals court has rejected Motorola’s claim. This is a big news for Apple. Because if Motorola won, the iPod touch, the iPad, and the iPhone could no longer be imported into the United States. It’s quite a big victory.
Interestingly enough, this latest loss by Motorola shows that maybe buying those 17,000 patents from Motorola wasn’t such a hot move for Google. It would be very interesting to see how this latest setback for Google might impact the current legal battle between Samsung and Apple.