A new patent application filed by Google today makes it clear that the Android manufacturer was trying to sell off Motorola before the search giant acquired it in 2014 for $1.9 billion.
Google’s filing for the patent, which was filed in January, outlines the plan for Google to sell Motorola and sell the remaining parts of the company’s business to Samsung.
This plan was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
Samsung’s takeover of Motorola led to the creation of a new company, Motorola Solutions, to sell the Motorola brand in the US.
Google bought Motorola in 2014, and then sold the company to Samsung for $2.2 billion in December 2018.
The Motorola Mobility application says that the sale will “provide for the sale of the Motorola Mobility brand, all Motorola Mobile devices, all related assets and goodwill of Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions,” and also “all Motorola related intangible assets and intangible assets.”
The patent, however, does not mention the sale.
The filing is subject to an exclusive filing with the US Patent and Trademark Office, which will have the final say on the sale and whether the patent will be allowed for public use.
We’ve contacted Motorola and Google for comment.