Google Wins EU and US Approval to Buy Motorola, But is Warned Over "Strategic" Patent Use

By Gary Cutlack on at

Google's seriously impressive attempt to blag an upgrade by buying all of Motorola's mobile phone division has finally been given the all clear, with anti-trust bodies in both the EU and US saying it's fine.

According to Google, the move will "enhance competition and offer consumers faster innovation, greater choice and wonderful user experiences."

Plus, of course, in these days of non-stop legal battle over patents, it also gives Google some ammunition to help stave off Apple's aggressive complaints against Google's many Android partners and launch its own attacks. But there could be trouble on the horizon if getting hold of Motorola's patent library was indeed the primary aim of the shopping spree.

In the full text of the statement issued by the EU, Joaquín Almunia, the Commission's VP of competition policy, says it will "continue to keep a close eye on the behaviour of all market players in the sector, particularly the increasingly strategic use of patents," clearly warning that any future patent action deemed anti-competitive could land Google in hot water. [EU via Google]