Did Google Only Get 'Crap Patents' When They Bought Motorola?

When Google ponied up $US12.5 billion to swallow Motorola Mobility, many people thought it was to snare some patents to protect Android from the likes of Apple and Microsoft. But according to a patent expert, all Google got were some "crap patents".

David Martin, the founder and chairman of patent consulting firm M-Cam, says that spending $US12.5 billion on Motorola Mobility was "an immense mistake" because Motorola had sold off a lot of its good patents years before. According to Martin, all Google did was paint an immense target on their back.

Google snagged 17,000 patents in the Motorola acquisition (18 of 'em were supposedly very important in protecting Android) but if they didn't do their homework, like Martin claims, they just pissed off Android manufacturers (like Samsung and HTC) for no reason. I think, or hope, Google has a better understanding of patents than that. We'll see what happens as this Cold War of Patents continues. [Bloomberg via WinSuperSite]



    Pissing off people for no reason is kinda Google's 'thing'...

      That's because apple made it cool

    I doubt Google would spend US$12.5 billion without doing their homework.

      Oh Casey Casey Casey, you are a herb M8

    Right.. because a company like goolge just spend 12b without doing any research into motor

    "they just pissed off Android manufacturers"
    You don't hear Moto saying that they'll get exclusive access to change the OS because everyone can do with it as they wish. Unlike WinP7 where Nokia has said they will get exclusive access to mod it which other HW manufacturers don't.
    Yet for some reason ppl think HTC, Samsung, LG etc will be annoyed at Google when they get the same deal as everyone else on a free OS, and be fine with paying for WinP7 while getting screwed over. odd...

    If I were HTC, I would be more worried about trying to make a profit on WinP7 HW that has 1% of market share when Nokia are about to come into the market- not worried about selling Sh*t loads of Android phones that have 40% market share and growing.

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