“Google Inc. bought ailing mobile device maker Motorola Mobility this year to stockpile patents for the war that was heating up with rival Apple Inc.,” Jessica Guynn reports for The Los Angeles Times. “But those patents may not be much help in defending challenges to its Android mobile operating system in the wake of Apple’s sweeping courtroom victory last week over Samsung Electronics Co.”
“Experts said that Google probably would unsheathe the 17,000 patents it picked up in the $12.5-billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility but that Google still would be outmatched,” Guynn reports. “‘In theory, the Motorola patents do matter because they give Google some leverage against Apple,’ UCLA law professor Douglas Lichtman said. But even so, he said, it’s ‘not an even fight.'”
Guynn reports, “‘Motorola was not Apple’s complete peer before its acquisition, and so owning Motorola does not make Google a complete peer today,’ Lichtman said.”
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MacDailyNews Take: The only thing Motorola was a “complete peer” of was the manure pile down at the pig farm.
Google has a lot more girding to do if they plan on trying to defend the indefensible.