Florian Mueller:

By taking a royalty-bearing license, Samsung recognizes that Android has intellectual property problems that must be resolved with license fees, and reduces to absurdity the idea that Google is going to be able to protect Android after the acquisition of Motorola Mobility.

Mueller also notes that Samsung has over 100,000 patents worldwide, a quarter of which are U.S. patents — none of which offered them protection in this instance. What Google does with Motorola should be pretty interesting, but it is looking more and more like something that was done just to make a “splash”.