Lenovo has purchased a group of several mobile technology patents from Japanese company NEC. Totaling 3,800 patents, the portfolio covers standards-essential 3G and LTE technologies, along with features found in most smartphones today. Lenovo states that this purchase will give the company the intellectual property they need as they continue to expand. Lenovo recently agreed to acquire Motorola from Google, though that deal does not include the patents that Motorola brought when they were purchased by Google in 2012.

Press release:

Lenovo to buy mobile patents from NEC Corporation

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – April 4, 2014: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) announced that it has purchased a portfolio of patents from NEC Corporation (Tokyo: 6701) (OTC US: NIPNF).

The portfolio consists of more than 3,800 patent families filed in numerous countries around the world. The portfolio includes standard essential patents for 3G and LTE mobile technologies as well as patents that cover a broad range of features and technologies used in many of today’s most advanced mobile products such as smartphones.

“A strong patent portfolio is a key element for success in the smartphone business. This investment strengthens Lenovo’s existing intellectual property portfolio,” said Ira Blumberg, vice president of Intellectual Property, Lenovo. “As Lenovo expands its mobile PC Plus business into new markets, this investment shows it is committed to having the IP we need for global success.”

Lenovo will continue to acquire additional intellectual property assets both through its own innovation and engineering, as well as from external sources to support its rapidly expanding PC Plus business that includes mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.


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Lenovo buys 3G and LTE patents from NEC


How about being up the news on what will you do with Motorola, Lenovo? Got any ideas yet? Will you leave them alone to their philosophy while providing distribution and support?
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The way things appear, it looks like Lenovo is really focused on boosting its presence in the mobile world. I would guess they're moving to make Motorola as strong as possible. This seems to be evidence that they're at least willing to support Motorola.

I'm comparing this to the HP/WebOS clustercuss - it's probably too early to tell, but Motorola appears to be fine and Lenovo seems to be taking the step towards being in the mobile space very seriously.

The G was Motorola's best-selling smartphone ever, the G and X have generated more talk in the last 6 months than possibly any other phone, meanwhile the 360 has been by far the best received smartwatch. Unless Lenovo is mind-numbingly dumb (and they're too successful for that to be the case) they'll let Motorola continue in the direction they have been moving, which is up.

Even if they change things, I don't see it being too much of a problem. I like lenovo laptops, because you get a powerful machine for a good price. I am interested to see what they do with mobile.

What makes you think that Lenovo dosen't have a plan? They surely knows what to do, that's why they are taking over as the largest computer manufacturing company and now they are going to show same feat in the mobile industry

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The mobile industry is not the same as the PC market. People actually care about the design and appeal of their phones unlike PCs where they just buy the cheapest functional computer found.

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No not really. You can make my phone out of anything, what I want is features and functionality

You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

And the next patent troll could be.....
First lawsuit filed in....

You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

The Lenovo laptops are actually quite nice. I'd choose them over Samsung actually

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Agreed. They also have some that aren't huge bricks but still have power. No, they aren't macbook pro retinas, but they are pretty decent and about 1/3 the price.

While Samsung is just an Apple wannabe... except Apple would never let their OS get as bloated as Samsung has.

You meant to say feature rich. Don't worry, we understand

You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

...so your are saying that motorola is a samsung, pebble, and sony wannabe because of the 360? ...and amazon a google, apple, and roku wannabe because of the fireTV?
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Why would they want to be samsuck? A apple/sony wannabee korean crap. The only company Lenovo ever say they want to be is IBM.