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Just how much did Motorola’s patents actually cost Google?

Just how much did Motorola’s patents actually cost Google?

The headline figures on the Google-Lenovo deal are brutal. Google spent $12.5bn to acquire Motorola Mobility back in 2011, and in 2014 it's selling the company off to Lenovo for $2.91bn. On the face of it, that's more than $9.5bn for a collection of patents that have left some experts scratching their heads. Still, there have been some big changes in the intervening period, so just how much did Google actually end up paying for that patent haul?

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Apple patent points toward buttonless trackpads

Apple patent points toward buttonless trackpads

Though most of the MacBooks you'll see out in the wild today - from the last few years, that is - work without any apparent buttons under their surface, they do indeed use hardware that makes with the click. A patent application appearing today from Apple shows that they may very well be doing away with the clicky bits altogether in coming generations. Instead, so say the patent possibilities, these trackpads will become a lot more "magic."

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MPHJ Technology patent troll fights back, sues US federal government

MPHJ Technology patent troll fights back, sues US federal government

Patents, especially software patents, have become a major point of contention of late. Patent trolls are on the rise and the US government is, somewhat ambiguously, taking steps to lessen their activities. Curiously, one of the more well-known patent trolls, MPHJ Technology, has apparently chosen to bare its legal fangs against the government itself, by suing members of the US Federal Trade Commission.

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