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Google’s (s goog) $12.5 billion bid for Motorola (s mmi) 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 (s aapl), Microsoft (s msft) and Oracle (s orcl) 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 (s rimm) 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: