China OKs Google’s $12.5B Motorola Buy After Android Deal

Law360, New York (May 21, 2012, 7:26 PM EDT) -- China's antitrust regulator signed off Saturday on Google Inc.'s $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. on the condition that the Internet search giant keep its Android mobile operating system "free and open" for five years.

The decision came more than three months after U.S. and European Union authorities cleared the transaction, which gives Google an arsenal of mobile technology patents to use in the smartphone litigation wars, without finding any threats to competition.

China's Ministry of Commerce, however, worried that the tie-up would give...
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