Google adds more IBM patents to tech arsenal

Sep 15, 2011
Google confirmed Thursday that it has added 1,023 more IBM patents to its technology arsenal to fend off legal attacks by rivals such as Apple and Microsoft.

Google confirmed Thursday that it has added 1,023 more IBM patents to its technology arsenal to fend off legal attacks by rivals such as Apple and Microsoft.

The purchases added to the 1,000 or so patents the California-based Internet firm bought from IBM in July and reportedly ranged from mobile software to computer hardware and processes.

spokesman Jim Prosser told AFP that the patent transfers had taken place but would not disclose financial terms of the deal or specifics regarding the intellectual property.

The push by Google to strengthen its patent portfolio comes as the fight for dominance in the booming smartphone market increasingly involves lawsuits claiming infringement of .

Smartphone titan HTC Corp. this month ramped up its patent war with Apple with the help of ammunition provided by Google, the force behind Android mobile software.

Google transferred a set of patents to HTC that the Taiwan-based company used to amend intellectual property infringement complaints against maker Apple in the United States.

In August, HTC accused Apple of as part of an ongoing legal battle.

In a lawsuit filed in US District Court in the state of Delaware, the Taiwanese smartphone maker charged that Apple violated three HTC-held patents in its , iPods, iPhones, iPads and other products.

HTC also filed a complaint with the Washington-based US International Trade Commission.

Technology giants have taken to routinely pounding one another with patent lawsuits. Apple has accused HTC and other smartphone makers using Google's Android mobile operating system of infringing on Apple-held patents.

Some of the nine patents that got from Google had belonged to Motorola Mobility, which Google is buying for $12.5 billion in cash.

Motorola Mobility's trove of patents was a key motivation for Google, which is keen to defend Android.

"Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google's , which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies," Google chief executive Larry Page said when the Motorola Mobility buy was announced.

Motorola Mobility chief executive Sanjay Jha told financial analysts the US maker of smartphones and touchscreen tablet computers has over 17,000 issued patents and another 7,500 pending.

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Nanobanano
2.8 / 5 (9) Sep 15, 2011
yes, capitalism is sooooo efficient.

Lately seems all capitalists do is spend their resources fighting their own countrymen and other companies over patent rights.

How can capitalism be more efficient than cooperation, when by default you are automatically spending more resources shooting yourselves in the foot because of legal matters, or spending X times as much money on R&D to make the exact same product, where X is the number of companies competing?
Markmj
3.7 / 5 (3) Sep 15, 2011
Where are the days when companies would fight each other in innovation...
Nanobanano
1 / 5 (2) Sep 15, 2011
Where are the days when companies would fight each other in innovation...


Well, that's just it...

You CAN'T innovate within the existing patent system, because some things just cannnot be improved upon, so if you want to make a new device, it will surely have certain existing components:processor, battery, RAM, etc.

And then, when you want to use those components, you have to give half your profits to the person who owns them, or they may even forbid you from using the technology, and so your highly innovative device is not possible to build, because some jackass company forever owns the rights to "some" of the component technology.

Apple sued Samsung because their device had rounded corners...and they won...this was in germany, but come on...this is insanity. That isn't even the half of it. That's just petty cosmetics, and they won a lawsuit...

How is anyone supposed to make custom electronic devices in this environment without having to reinvent the wheel?
Nanobanano
1 / 5 (3) Sep 15, 2011
And the funny thing is, they probably both bought half their parts from Foxconn in Taiwan.

How are you supposed to make new devices to solve new or old problems, when almost any component technology you can imagine has already been invented by someone, somewhere, and they'll sue you for infringement?

Let's say if you have a hypothetical device, and we'll call it a "widget".

If two different companies are working on trying to make better widgets, and one of the companies also builds a device called a "gadget" of which widgets are components, it is likely that both companies will eventually arrive at similar designs for widgets, assuming there is such a thing as an objectively defined "optimal" widget.

and so, if the first company beats the second company to the optimal widget by even one day, then the second company must either pay the first company for their widget, or is forced to use an inferior widget in device..., even though they also know how to make the optimal one.
Nanobanano
1 / 5 (3) Sep 15, 2011
THAT, my friend, is one big reason why innovation is so slow...

Our entire system is essentially designed to shoot itself in the foot over and over again...
default_ex
5 / 5 (5) Sep 15, 2011
1023 patents, one more an they'll have a kilopatent.
AngryMoose
not rated yet Sep 16, 2011
Where are the days when companies would fight each other in innovation...

Can you imagine how poor technology would be today if the first generation of tech companies making our very first computers did this? just think what we're going to miss out on! That makes me a very saaaad panda indeed! :(
Gena777
not rated yet Sep 18, 2011
It looks like Google has been making up for lost time in patent acquisition, especially after its failed Nortel patent bid. While the new IP assets may ultimately serve Google well, nevertheless it's too bad that the company has to engage in an all-out patent war, simply in order for the company and its prized product to survive.
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