We all knew that when Google purchased Motorola, it wasn't for its market leading sales figures, instead the buy-out was heavily grounded in IP protection, with Motorola holding well over one thousand patents for many core technologies created during the early stages of mobile phone development.
What we didn't know, however, was just what an impressive figure the firm's IP added to the valuation, with Motorola Mobility's IP and developed technologies contributing £3.56 billion to the £8 billion total. When Google's Larry Page stated that the deal would "supercharge" the Android ecosystem, perhaps he wasn't wrong; it'll be interesting to see if any new technology does eventually emerge from the firm, now that the buyout is complete.
Further breaking-down the figures, Google spent £407 million on the firm's net assets, £1.87 billion to buy Motorola's cash reserves, £471 million on customer relations and a further £1.68 billion in goodwill. Only time will tell just how effective the purchase will be against Apple's lawyers.