Google said purchasing over 17,000 patents it can use to defend against accusations of infringement as competition accelerates in the $206.6 billion mobile-phone market.
The rival handset manufacturers, which have been building devices with Google’s Android software since 2008, may have a harder time cranking out bestselling devices as Motorola Mobility may get earlier access to the newest Android technology, said an analyst Michael Gartenberg.
The Motorola acquisition may be too late to assist device makers facing lawsuits already under way, and it won’t help Google to fight Oracle’s Java patent infringement lawsuit, which is due to start trial in October, legal experts said.
HTC chief executive Peter Chou said in a statement that “We welcome the news of today’s acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem.”
Motorola Mobility and other handset vendors must meet up special requirements, including over wireless Internet technology, to have their products permitted for sale in China, the world’s largest mobile market by subscribers.