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Google wins EU okay for Motorola buy

Pat McMahon Contributor
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Google Inc won unconditional EU regulatory approval on Monday for its planned $12.5 billion purchase of mobile handset maker Motorola Mobility.

But the European Commission said it would monitor the company and rivals’ use of patents to ensure they comply with EU antitrust rules.

Web search leader Google wants to buy Motorola Mobility to boost its patent portfolio in a deal announced last August.

The EU executive, which acts as the competition regulator for the 27-member European Union, said the deal would not significantly change the market for operating systems and patents for these devices.

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