Now that Google had acquired Motorola Mobility, the attention has turned to suitors that also had interest in the handset maker. Sources have told GigaOM that Microsoft was involved for “quite some time”. For Microsoft, it was less about purchasing a hardware manufacturer and more about increasing their patent portfolio. Some would argue that Google’s intentions are also patent based, but apparently had no issue with continuing hardware sales. Microsoft had no interest in the hardware side, which apparently was one reason why Motorola favored Google.
Motorola holds a portfolio of 17,000 patents and over 7,500 patent applications related to wireless.