February 13, 2012 / 10:00 PM / 7 years ago

U.S. clears Google-Motorola deal, Nortel patent sale

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Google Inc received U.S. antitrust approval to buy Motorola Mobility, a deal aimed at building up an arsenal of patents, and an Apple-led consortium also received the go-ahead to purchase a trove of patents from bankrupt Canadian company Nortel Networks, the Justice Department said.

Signage for Motorola is displayed outside their office building in Tempe, Arizona October 29, 2009. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

The department also said on Monday that it would not hesitate to take enforcement action to ensure that essential patents — patents needed to ensure that devices sold by different companies are interoperable — were licensed fairly.

Reporting By Diane Bartz and Jeremy Pelofsky; Editing by Bernard Orr

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