Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) V Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): Can GOOG Depend on Motorola Mobility’s Patents

So far, Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) has restricted its patents battles to individual phone makers who use the Android operating system, but analysts feel that it may not be too far in the future before Apple launches a direct attack on the company.

After all, Apple founder, the late Steve Jobs had commented about Android that it was too similar to Apple's iOS. He had told his biographer Walter Isaacson that Android was a stolen product and, "I'm willing to go thermonuclear on this."

Apple's patent victory against Samsung, which is the global leader in smartphones and as such uses Android on most of its devices barring a few, is seen as the first step in the Cupertino company's unstated war against Google Inc(NASDAQ:GOOG).

The verdict is expected to give it more confidence to take on the Internet search giant that has now entered the mobile space also with its Google Nexus tablet PCs and its acquisition earlier of Motorola Mobility for a whopping $12.5 billion.

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But will the patents that it owns through the acquisition protect Google from Apple's patent protectors?

Underlying all the lawsuits filed by Apple is the Android operating software that has become a key point of contention between the two tech giants.

Google has to aggressively defend its Android software, which has surpassed Apple’s operating system, and it will turn to its Motorola patents to do it.

But it’s unclear how effective those patents will be in insulating Android.

Apple is already engaged in lawsuits with Motorola Mobility that were filed as far back as in 2010, and some of the suits are pending before the U.S. International Trade Commission and federal court in Delaware.

Friday's verdict should serve as a warning sign to Google that it as to accelerate and find solutions to the patents problems that are escalating day by day. The only saving grace for Google is that a significant chunk of its revenues still come from its search-engine related advertising and Android merely serves as a distributing medium for its products. 

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