As soon as word spread that Google acquired Motorola Mobility, it didn’t take long for people to assume that it was all about Motorola’s patents. Everyone knows that Google and its Android partners are in the middle of a patent war with the likes of Microsoft and Apple. The fact that Motorola owns roughly 17,000 patents made it an easy conclusion. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said the purchase was aimed at acquiring products, and not just patents.
“We did it for more than just patents,” Schmidt said in a conversation with Salesforce.com Inc. Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff. “The Motorola team has some amazing products.”
I am sure Motorola’s value was more than patents for the single reason that if Motorola’s patents were so strong, they would not be in current legal battles with Apple and Microsoft. I really think Google is looking at Apple’s model of owning the design and manufacturing. The fact that Motorola owned 17,000 patents was frosting on the cake, not to mention they were probably the only Android manufacturer that could be acquired. Lets face it, Samsung, HTC, LG, or Sony Ericsson could not be acquired.