Google-Motorola deal has been approved by both the European Commission and US Department of Justice

Google-Motorola deal is virtually done, EU Commission and US Department of Justice both give the nod.

Published Tue, Feb 14 2012 12:22 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:29 PM CST

Google's $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola has not only been approved by the European Commission, but the United States Department of Justice. Google is now edging closer to the deal being completely approved, but they're still waiting on approval of China, Taiwan and Israel, before the transaction can officially be completed.

Google-Motorola deal has been approved by both the European Commission and US Department of Justice |

The DoJ's Anti-trust Division, who conducted the investigation, said the purchase was "not likely to significantly change existing market dynamics" or "substantially lessen competition". Of course, there are still concerns and they will have eyes on them to make sure they don't abuse patents, like other companies do. Reuters have reported that the DoJ "would not hesitate to take enforcement action", if Google were to manipulate the licensing of standard essential patents to their own advantage.

What does this mean for the great David vs. Goliath, Apple vs. Google fight? Well, it could get interesting from here on out, that's for sure. Motorola hold some fairly important patents, and Google wouldn't even need to stretch those much to put a clamp down on Apple's constant e-peen patent trolling. Apple have enjoyed some patent trolling, slide to unlock, injunction against Galaxy Nexus, and more.

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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