Google auctions off Motorola battery patents

by: John DyeJanuary 15, 2016
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When Google bought Motorola back in 2012, many believed that its intentions in doing so were primarily to increase its number of mobile patent holdings. At the time, Google was recovering from copyright infringement accusations from Oracle, and the owners of Android wanted to ensure that their mobile operating system was safe from as much further liability as they could protect it from.

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Now, however, Android has established a very firm foothold in the mobile industry, and Google has begun auctioning off patents it’s no longer interested in holding. The move seems to be tied to the ongoing search for better batteries. With technologies like self-driving electric cars and robots in the workplace looming, Google isn’t alone in its search for more efficient, longer lasting batteries. Apple, BlackBerry, IBM, Qualcomm, Samsung, and Tesla are all looking for better battery solutions to carry us through the rest of the decade.

When Google sold Motorola to Lenovo in 2014, which is an issue that continues to make headlines, the Alphabet subsidiary kept the majority of the patents it had acquired in its purchase of Motorola, in spite of the $2.1 billion price tag Google slapped on the mobile company. It seems Google has realized that, while Motorola-owned battery patents will continue to be valuable in the near future, better solutions will be needed if larger projects are to be realized.

What do you think about Google’s decision to sell off Motorola patents? What does this imply about the intentions of the world’s most game-changing company? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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  • jnffarrell1

    Google will never troll its patents, nor does it want to be accused of laying a patent trap for others. Let others buy what they need at auction and be done with the whole Google vs MS/Apple patent brou haha.

  • Karly Johnston

    Lenovo paid $3 billion for what is today just a name in a long line of products. Google laughing all the way to the bank.

    • Scr-U-gle

      Google bought Motorola mobility for $12.5bn, made around a billion a year in loses during googles ownership.

      With around 25,000 jobs lost during thier ownership, not only has this been a disaster financially, but also for the US economy as well, all while taking financial assistance from the tax-payers to add insult to injury.

      And it didn’t void MSs patent claims that it was intended to in the first place.

      Not quite laughing all the way to the bank as it appears at first glance in this poorly written fact free article.

  • Avieshek Rajkhowa

    Gargle