Google's $12 Billion Apple Defense Tested By Patent Cases

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    " Google Chief Executive Officer Larry Page last year said his $12.5 billion bid for Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. would help protect the Android operating system from "anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies."Whether Page's bet pays off could be tested Monday as judges with the U.S. International Trade Commission are scheduled to release findings in patent-infringement cases Motorola Mobility brought against Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and Apple Inc. (AAPL)

    Motorola Mobility victories may give Google leverage to end the global legal battles over market leadership in smartphones and tablet computers. Apple has accused makers of phones that run on Android of copying unique features of the iPhone, while Microsoft contends it's entitled to royalties from Android phones because of its work on operating systems.

    "It would be a positive sign for the acquisition if Google or Motorola can win, or if anyone from the Android community can win a major ruling," said Alex Spektor, a New York-based analyst with researcher Strategy Analytics. "All of these companies are scrambling to use whatever intellectual property assets are at their disposal to put a nick in the armor of their competition."

    The six-member commission, based in Washington, has the power to block imports of products that violate any U.S. patent. Motorola Mobility is seeking an import ban of Apple's iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad tablet, Apple TV and Mac computers, and of Microsoft's Xbox gaming system. "
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