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Google’s $12.5 billion bid for Motorola is about a lot of things, but one of the biggest assets in the deal is Motorola’s patent portfolio. UBS has put together a chart looking at some of the biggest patent-related deals recently and how much they’re worth.

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Google’s $12.5 billion bid for Motorola  is about a lot of things, but one of the biggest assets in the deal is Motorola’s patent portfolio. That’s an important piece of protection for Android that Google and Motorola executives harped on during a conference call with analysts and reporters on Monday. Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha said his company has about 17,000 patents currently and another 7,500 patents pending.

The deal shows that Google is following through on its commitment to add more protection for Android, which is becoming a sore spot for the company as rivals like Apple, Microsoft and Oracle target Google and its Android manufacturers over infringement claims. Google recently lost out on Nortel’s patents, which were eventually bought by Apple, Microsoft, Research In Motion and others, and has been in the hunt for InterDigital’s patent portfolio. The pick-up of Motorola gives the Android ecosystem a big piece of protection, but it comes with a pretty expensive price tag.

UBS has put together a chart looking at some of the biggest patent-related deals recently and how much they’re worth. Again, the acquisition of Motorola is not just about patents but it appears that even with a $12.5 billion price, it might not be a bad purchase for Google in the long run. Take a look:

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  1. Out of curiosity and to better understand the chard, what do the * and ** refer to on the number of patents held by the various different companies?

  2. wow, horrible spelling mistake, “chart” not “chard”.
    Also I think simply dumping the total number of patents these companies have is a little misleading.
    For example, Samsung might have 100,000 patents, but Samsung is also in the business of TVs, chemicals, manufacturing, memory storage and many others. This patent arms race really only applies to the emerging mobile computing space and we don’t really know how many patents each of these companies have regarding this newer market

  3. Ryan, I appreciate the article here. Regarding the UBS chart you cited, do you have where that was originally published? I’m looking to get my hands on something that details some of the biggest patent licensing deals generally, and I was hoping that source may be of help. Thanks.

  4. Kahlil Mitchell Monday, October 10, 2011

    Hi Ryan, I appreciate this article. Regarding the UBS chart, do you have the original citation for that? I’m looking to get some data on large licensing deals from the past 10 years, and I think that source may be helpful.
    Any guidance you can provide would be helpful. Thanks,

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