Comments
Google's Motorola Acquisition: All About The Patents
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
melgross
50%
50%
melgross,
User Rank: Ninja
12/12/2012 | 4:27:18 PM
re: Google's Motorola Acquisition: All About The Patents
Considering that Motorola's sales continue to plummet, it's no surprise that Google is cutting back. Sales in S. Korea are almost nonexistent. The cost to maintain the sales there must be more than the sales themselves, so again, not a surprise.

None of this means that Google doesn't want to manufacturer phones, just that they made a vary bad decision in buying Motorola in the first place. The $12.5 billion they paid for the company was almost twice the value of the company the day the purchase was announced. No matter how effective the patents might have been, and they have not been all that effective against Apple, or Microsoft, the other company they've been fighting (no, it's NOT all about Apple), their value was never more than a fraction of what they paid for the company.

At some time, I expect them to write most of it off.


Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Dec. 9, 2014
Apps will make or break the tablet as a work device, but don't shortchange critical factors related to hardware, security, peripherals, and integration.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of December 14, 2014. Be here for the show and for the incredible Friday Afternoon Conversation that runs beside the program.
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.