Google’s $12.5 Billion Bet

Lovin’ this infographic from Voltier; must be nice to have $12.5 billion laying around to spend on patents.

Basically the deal is Google is spending $12.5 billion to beef up their mobile patent portfolio because everybody knows everybody is suing everybody in the mobile space, and if you have a patent in your portfolio that another company is violating you call the lawyers and try to sue them.

This is a pretty piss poor business practice because the legal cost that go into suing another mobile company is going to reflect on the retail price of your device; so in the end the consumers loses, but hopefully the investors who are investing in these companies are winning.

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