With today’s ruling, Googlorola’s strategy has failed even before the companies have formally merged. This is such a major blow to Google’s patent strategy that, from a mere shareholder value point of view, it should now give serious consideration to the possibility of coughing up the $2.5 billion break-up fee agreed upon with MMI’s board of directors and walk out on this deal.
For those who might have missed the news or who might have forgotten, back in December, Motorola scored a victory against Apple when they managed to land a preliminary injunction against Apple’s 3G products, like the iPhone and 3G iPads. This resulted in Apple pulling the affected devices off their shelves, but barely a week later, they were back on sale as Apple had argued that Motorola Mobility had refused to license the essential patent on fair terms.
Both Apple and Motorola Mobility have yet to comment on this recent ruling.
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