Google‘s pending acquisition of Motorola Mobility are approved by regulatory authorities in the U.S. and the EU. Now it all depends on China, but it appears that the investigation in China will take longer than initially expected.

According to CNET NewsMotorola released this document explaining that the Anti-monopoly Bureau of the Chinese Commerce Ministry has extended the second phase of the investigation.

Although both Motorola and Google will be in close contact with the Chinese agency to complete the surveys, the companies do not give a definite answer to whether or when the acquisition will be approved by the Chinese authorities. Both companies, however, hope that the acquisition will be completed during the first half of 2012.

According to the agreement, Google will be buying Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. It will primarily be Motorola’s 17,000 patents that Google are interested in. These will enable Google to avoid patent lawsuits against Google’s mobile OS, Android.

Motorola Mobility has in turn been accused to license essential mobile patents to what appears to be sky-high prices. Motorola, however, has denied any of the charges.


(via digi)