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Motorola swoops on Sendo staff and IPRs

This latest development follows news of Siemens’ sale of its hard-up mobile phone business to Taiwanese manufacturer BenQ earlier this month.

Further consolidation of the global mobile handset market has occurred with the announcement that Motorola has acquired UK based handset maker Sendo's Singapore and UK based research and development operation, its design and test kit and also the company's intellectual property portfolio.

Privately held Sendo had been forced into administration prior to Motorola’s moves, leaving the UK company as an easy target. Sendo's core research and development team, comprising 200 engineers, will now be incorporated into Motorola’s Mobile Devices unit; and Motorola will also take ownership of Sendo's entire intellectual property portfolio, consisting of 50 existing and 40 pending patents.

Motorola has stopped short of buying Sendo’s entire business, and it is unclear what the future holds for Sendo as a company. This latest development follows news of Siemens’ sale of its hard-up mobile phone business to Taiwanese manufacturer BenQ earlier this month. The transaction saw Siemens acquire new shares in BenQ, worth Eur50million (US$60.4 million), or around 2.5% of the parent company.

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