I.The Ministry of Commerce’s Approval of Google’s Acquisition of Motorola Mobility subject to Limitations
The Ministry of Commerce (the “MOC”) announced 2012 No. 5 Announcement on 19th May, 2012. Accordingly, it decides to approve Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility with limitations. The Announcement states that MOC has received Google’s declaration of concentration of business operator for Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility on 30th September, 2011. After MOC’s review and examination, it thought the declaration documents and materials are insufficient, and asked Google to supplement more. On 21st November, 2011, MOC confirmed the supplementary documents and materials are satisfied with requirements, and accepted such declaration to initiate preliminary review and examination. Through preliminary review and examination, MOC thought such concentration declared is likely to eliminate and restrict the competition effect on China’s market of mobile intelligent terminal operation system, as a result, the term of review and examination has been extended twice. On 15th May, 2012, Google submitted the final undertakings on resolution of competition issue. Ultimately, according to the Announcement, Google shall acquire Motorola Mobility subject to four obligations, including licensing Android platform on free and open basis, treating all original devices manufactures in non-discriminatory manner, obeying Motorola Mobility’s FRAND obligation on patent, and entrusting independent supervisors to supervise Google’s fulfillment of the obligations above.