Patent News | "How Motorola Patents Gain Prominence Amid Job Cuts; Google Accused Of Valuing Patents More Than People"

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Google's decision to cut 20 percent of Motorola's workforce, totaling 4,000, reignited fears that Google valued Motorola's patents dearly when it acquired the mobile manufacturer in May.

Jeff Kagan, an independent analyst, told Computerworld: "Everyone at Motorola is asking [if Google just wants its patents] and fearing the answer."

Dubbing the job cuts as "an earthquake up and down the hallways of Motorola Mobility," Kagan added: "Google has never laid off workers like this before so this is also an unsettling feeling in the hallways of Google."

Apple's patent win against Motorola through fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory (FRAND) licensing terms seem to have put Google at a disadvantage, dealing a major blow to the search giant's plans to monetize Motorola Mobility's "standards essential," patent portfolio. Besides, they have called into question the patent strategy behind the $12.5 billion Motorola buy.

Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents notes that in the Apple vs. Motorola Mobility trial, Apple "is in pretty good shape with a view to the Wisconsin Frand Trial."