On Thursday, European Union regulators set a new deadline of February 13th to decide whether or not to approve Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility, the US handset maker.
Earlier, the date of January 10th was fixed to determine whether the acquisition should continue. However, in December, the Commission postponed this deadline to review a few more documents that Google presented to support their claims, reports CNet.
In August, Google planned to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion - expressing their desire to run Motorola as a separate company. The maker of the Android Operating System stated that they wanted to acquire the troubled mobile phone maker primarily because of its strong patent portfolio.
For the record, Android based devices are facing lawsuits worldwide over claims of alleged patent infringement and thus, now it seems, Google has decided to take matter into its own hands to extend support to all those device makers.
The deal is still under consideration by US regulators, however, Motorola has stated that they are expecting to close the deal by early 2012.