Google Inc (GOOG) Made A Giant Mistake

One painful blow was when the International Trade Commission upheld a finding that one of Motorola’s patents is invalid, allowing Apple to escape the important ban that Moto was seeking. The patent had covered a sensor within phones that allow them to prevent accidental input. Separately, Motorola was trying to extract $4 billion in annual royalties out of Microsoft, or a fifth of all of Microsoft’s operating income, over standards-essential patents related to Wi-Fi and video encoding. Courts said the software giant only owes $1.8 million per year, or just 0.04% of what Motorola wanted.

Both components of the Motorola acquisition are faring poorly. Operations continue to bleed while Motorola is failing to hold its own in patent disputes. Sorry, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), but acquiring Motorola was a huge mistake.

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