Motorola Mobility Sued Over Android Patents

• 08/10/2011

Intellectual Ventures, one of the top-five owners of U.S. patents in 2011, has filed a lawsuit against Motorola Mobility regarding several mobile tech patents employed on the phone maker’s Android handsets. According to the BBC, the legal action focuses on six mobile patents using conventional technologies like file transfers, remote data management, and updates.

Ironically, as Google now awaits approval for its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility in August, it also is an investor at Intellectual Ventures.

The US-based phone maker’s patent portfolio currently has over 17,000 patents, with another 7,500 pending approval.

If Motorola Mobility will lose the case, analysts will rightfully question Google’s decision on using the company’s patents as Android’s defense against its rivals.

Intellectual Ventures may have viewed the $12.5 billion acquisition as evidence of Google’s hefty, disposable cash in hand, and saw a good opportunity to win valuable patent licensing agreement.

The legal action has unspecified damages but a licensing deal will likely happen for Intellectual Ventures to gain another source of revenue.

(via – socialbarrel.com)

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