DOJ Clears Google-Motorola Deal

E.U. approval came same day

Finally a good day for Google. The acquisitive search giant Monday got green lights from both the European Union and the Department of Justice for its $12.5 billion deal to purchase Motorola Mobility.

DOJ grouped the announcement of Google's acquisition approval along with other patent deals involving Apple, Microsoft, RIM and Novell.

In all cases, the DOJ determined that none of the acquisitions was likely "to substantially lessen competition."

With Motorola, Google will gain some 17,000 patents that will help it in the mobile patent wars with Apple, Microsoft and other companies, and have more control over the handset manufacturer of its Google Android devices.