Google's Bid to Motorola Approved

Feb 14, 2012


The U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission have approved Google's $12.5 billion offer to acquire Motorola. Both the Justice Department and the Commission did not deem the deal to be a threat to competition, according to Information Week.

Google CEO Larry Page said last August that the bid for Motorola "will increase competition by strengthening Google's patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple, and other companies." Joaquin Almunia, European Commission vice president in charge of competition policy, said the commission "will continue to keep a close eye on the behavior of all market players in the sector, particularly the increasingly strategic use of patents."

The Department of Justice also said it will allow two related deals: an offer from Apple, Microsoft, and Research in Motion Ltd. to buy Nortel Networks, Inc.'s patent portfolio and Apple's bid to acquire select Novell patents.