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Google, Motorola Mobility Merger Review Temporarily Halted by EU

December 13, 2011

Dec. 12 (Bloomberg) -- European Union regulators suspended their antitrust review of plans by Google Inc., the biggest maker of smartphone software, to buy Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. to seek more information about the deal.

The antitrust authority will continue the review after it has obtained “certain documents that are essential to its evaluation of the transaction,” said Amelia Torres, a spokeswoman for the Brussels-based European Commission. The commission temporarily stopped the review on Dec. 6, according to a filing on the regulator’s website today.

Regulatory reviews mean the purchase by Google is likely to close in 2012, Motorola said last month. Google plans to use Motorola Mobility’s more than 17,000 patents to protect supporters of its Android software in licensing and legal disputes with rivals such as Apple Inc. -- and also move into the hardware business.

Al Verney, a spokesman for Google in Brussels, wasn’t immediately available to comment.

--With assistance from Rebecca Christie in Brussels. Editors: Anthony Aarons, Peter Chapman

To contact the reporter on this story: Aoife White in Brussels at awhite62@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net.


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