IP acquisitions and antitrust: How the DOJ analyzes patent acquisitions

While Google lost the Nortel auction, it was able to acquire a significant wireless patent portfolio by agreeing to purchase Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. The transaction involved Motorola Mobility’s entire asset portfolio, including its handset and set-top box businesses, but Google’s primary interest was Motorola’s strong collection of more than 17,000 patents. Google executives used the word “patent” at least 24 times in Google’s Aug. 15, 2011 press conference announcing the deal.

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