Google and Samsung Electronics are prodding Chinese regulators to ensure that once Microsoft's deal for Nokia's handset unit closes they won't be forced to pay higher patent licensing fees, according to a Bloomberg report.
Google will sell its Motorola Mobile division to China's Lenovo for $2.91 billion, the companies announced. That price is far below the $12.4 billion Google paid for Motorola and its patents in 2011. However, Google said it will retain the "vast majority" of Motorola's patents as part of its deal with Lenovo. When Google purchased Motorola, the company said that fully $5.5 billion of the deal was based on the value of Motorola's trove of 17,000 wireless patents.
Samsung Electronics and Ericsson reached a patent-licensing settlement in which Samsung will likely pay Ericsson hundreds of millions of dollars. However, the exact terms of the deal are unclear.
Google and Samsung Electronics forged a wide-ranging, patent-licensing deal that covers the companies' existing patent portfolios and all patents they will each file over the next 10 years. The move is likely a way for Google to cement cooperation with Samsung, which is the largest OEM making products that run Google's Android mobile platform.
Qualcomm purchased a trove of mobile-related patents from Hewlett-Packard and its Palm subsidiary to bulk up its mobile patent portfolio. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Rockstar, a patent consortium owned by Apple, Microsoft, Ericsson, Sony, EMC and BlackBerry, dropped a lawsuit against Huawei. Rockstar had sued Huawei, Google and other Android manufacturers last fall, arguing that their products infringed on patents owned by Rockstar, which bought a trove of Nortel Networks' patents in 2011.
Apple won $290 million in damages from Samsung Electronics after a jury ruled in its favor in a retrial of the smartphone titans' 2012 patent infringement clash.
Wireless modem and M2M vendor Sierra Wireless filed complaints with the European Commission and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission against Nokia, alleging that Nokia is behaving unfairly in how it licenses its patents.
A senior Apple executive said Samsung Electronics' alleged copying of Apple's products subsequently made selling the iPhone and iPad more difficult.
Nokia and Samsung Electronics extended their patent-licensing agreement for another five years, a move that will likely be a boon for Nokia as its sells its handset business to Microsoft and patents become a more important part of its business.