EU approves Google purchase of Motorola Mobility

“Google Inc won unconditional EU regulatory approval on Monday for its planned $12.5 billion purchase of mobile handset maker Motorola Mobility,” Foo Yun Chee reports for Reuters.

“But the European Commission said it would monitor the company and rivals’ use of patents to ensure they comply with EU antitrust rules,” Chee reports. “‘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,’ EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told reporters.”

“A European Commission official said the regulator noted a pledge by Google last week to standard-setting agencies to license Motorola patents on fair and reasonable terms if the deal were to succeed, but that the promise was not a decisive element in its decision,” Chee reports. “The U.S. Justice Department is expected to approve the acquisition this week, sources told Reuters last week.”

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14 Comments

  1. Laughable.

    This purchase will lead to the biggest infringement on consumer privacy this planet has ever seen.

    Google will use Motorola Mobility’s cable box business to get near 100% market penetration for GoogleTV with little to no consumer choice for most consumers as these boxes are provided by cable companies.

    1. Hadn’t thought of that – they do seem to be following the Microsoft Monopolist approach of making it so that people have no choice to but to have Google products inflicted upon them, with all of the privacy-hostile things that implies.

    1. “Yes, Google, we will allow you to purchase this company with patents ripe for FRAND abuse. But we’re shaking our finger sternly at you telling not to do that!”

      Yeah, I’m sure Google is just quaking in their boots. Toothless.

    1. It has more to do with the antitrust implications. If the EU thinks that it might be an issue then they could essentially say that you either have to play by our rules or cannot sell products in the EU.

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