Google buys patents (aka Motorola)

by Sam Barillaro. 0 Comments

This acquisition will not change our commitment to run Android as an open platform. Motorola will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. We will run Motorola as a separate business. – Larry Page, Google CEO

Now Google can be “open” and “closed”.

Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio. – Larry Page, Google CEO

How exactly does one large company buying another large company for patents increase competition? Google now has more patents that it will use to block competitors. Oh, I mean, defend itself from all those evil companies that are out to get them.