January 30, 2014

9 billions of patents

Google is selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for about USD3B, not that long after acquiring the company for about four times that amount.

Many interesting things to say about this (before converting to Mac, I was a sworn Lenovo user on laptops - can they win the enterprise mobility market?), but one thing that stands out is that the patent portfolio must surely be great... That, or it just did not turn out as planned for Google (since no-one quite seemed to 'get it' it could be a genius move, or...not) this time. But I think my 5 cents rests with the patents being the core motivation and that it is troublesome to compete with your own partners in the Android ecosystem.

All in all it seems, from the outside, like a good move from Google.