When it agreed a $12.5 billion deal to acquire Motorola back in August, Google didn’t exactly come out and say: “Yeah, we really wanted to beef up our patent portfolio and kick Apple in the privates,” but that’s pretty much what everyone was thinking.
Now Google has confirmed in writing to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) that it won’t abuse its new toys.
The ETSI is comprised of members from 62 countries, and sets standards for global telephony and interweb action.
A Google spokesman yelled: "Since we announced our agreement to acquire Motorola Mobility last August, we've heard questions about whether Motorola Mobility's standard-essential patents will continue to be licensed on FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) terms once we've closed this transaction.
“The answer is simple: they will."
A decision is expected by February 13, leaving the commission free to party hard on Valentine’s Day.
Interestingly, one dude suggested: “What they bought is crap,” describing the deal as an “immense mistake”. Why? Because Motorola had already sold a number of its patents. Ah well, time will tell.