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.
Monday morning, Google announced plans to acquire Motorola Mobility. Google cites Motorola’s commitment to Android as one reason, but it also briefly mentions the hardware company’s extensive mobile patent portfolio, which is the real driving force behind the $12.5 billion deal.
Google is delving into the Android hardware business and is buying Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. The news is a shocking turn for the fast-growing Android ecosystem, which was built on Google’s platform but didn’t include any actual hardware built by the company.