17000: The Number of Patents Google Gets As Part of Motorola Deal

August 17, 2011 6:54 pm

We figured the actual reason for the acquisition, this is it:

“Google was willing on Monday to pay $12.5 billion for Motorola Mobility in no small part because of its stockpile of 17,000 patents. The patent portfolio, some analysts estimate, could represent more than half of the value of the deal, or more than $400,000 a patent.

If so, it was a relative bargain. In June, Apple and Microsoft teamed up with four other companies to pay $4.5 billion for the 6,000 patents held by the bankrupt Canadian telecommunications maker Nortel Networks. That works out to $750,000 a patent”

Statistics Source: NYTimes

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