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Google Buys Additional 1,000+ IBM Patents to Help Defend Android

Thought that Google was going to settle on the 17,000+ patents it received in its acquisition of Motorola?  Not a chance.  According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Mountain View giant acquired an additional 1,000 patents from IBM to help strengthen its portfolio even further.  A spokesperson for Google confirmed the transaction, but did not dive into financial details or which patents in particular would included in the deal.

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Via:  Bloomberg

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  • Anonymous

    I am tired of this patent war that is going on in the US right now! The money used to buy these patents is wasted. It doesn’t further innovation or create jobs, it It is just money for companies lawyers to fight over and divide amongst themselves through fees. The rich get richer…OK I’m done with my rant.

  • Anonymous

    Begun the patent wars have.

  • http://thisisjohncoffey.com GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    Google might just buy IBM. {{-_-}}

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous
  • http://profiles.google.com/jeremy.sheehan Jeremy Sheehan

    Maybe when the ATT/T-Mobile merger falls through, Google will pounce on it?  Highly doubtful, but one can dream, huh?

  • Balls

    winning.

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/2df4ccp

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how much money Google has

  • http://www.facebook.com/patfactorx David Pat

    Google also buys Cyberdyne systems and places Watson inside Terminator. Corporate warfare just got serious. 

  • Doriroid

    Now if Google will just buy Verizon!

    • Anonymous

      It would be awesome if Google bought Verizon and (opened it) and stopped screwing it’s customers. It could show the wireless companies you can make good money by not overcharging. Just like what they are doing with ISP’s. 

    • Anonymous

      You Gotta Do, What You Gotta Do!!! .. Heyy Guys, I just got a $829.99 iPåd2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for.
      I use BÏDFiRsT. COM

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous
  • Mother Theresea

    Google…..the hell with defensive….kick the shit out of the bullies…..bout time they got a taste of their own medicine….yours truly, Mother Theresea

  • Anonymous

    Viva Android!!!

  • http://twitter.com/batfandotcom Ben Rollier

    Is this in addition to the 1,000+ IBM patents they acquired in late July? Or are you just running behind? :)

    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-07-29/google-buys-ibm-inventions-as-it-aims-to-build-patent-hoard.html

  • EC8CH

    Glad to see Google is committed to defending Android, but it’s sad to see all of this money basically wasted.  Imagine what could have been developed with all that money instead.

    • Rob Meyer

      well if it wasnt for apple suing EVERYONE, they wouldnt feel the need to strengthen their patent portfolio. Apple is stifling its competitors innovation by costing them millions in legal fees. And they say google is wrong for expanding into different markets, I say apple sucks for trying to push everyone out of the mobile tech world by suing instead of continuing to pwn all with their products.

      • EC8CH

        Exactly… because of *pple companies have to spend billions of dollars to try and convince a judge they have the right to build a thin rectangular device with a touchscreen.

    • http://twitter.com/cantcurecancer Quentin Davis

      It’s necessarily money wasted. Patents are a commodity in the smartphone business :P. But more seriously, they are still worth money, Google could always sell them in a pinch, and that adds value to their company. Also, patents = potential “licensing fees” (read: blackmail…”you pay me a bunch and I won’t sue you”), so it’s not money wasted even though Google bought them for the short-term defensive measure.

    • Anonymous

      Acquireing of the patents benefits Google beyond patent lawsuits. Many of the patents are licensed to other tech companies that pay royalties for there use so residual income is another benefit to owning the patents

  • J Dub

    This I like. Google spending money to actually help its partners, which will benefit the consumer by providing better products. Now Apple, well they are spending money to sue everyone which they help will ban everybody else and then, like all their products, shove one model of each electronic gadget down everyone’s throat. 

    I think I will patent the shape of the cereal box. I didn’t invent that shape, but it will pay nicely to sue cereal makers for copying my products design. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1454073413 Jason Patello

      I agree. It’s completely unbefitting of Apple. They should really focus on the future technology of new product rather than fighting lawsuit style. When the recording industry and giants such as Sony were going after people downloading music for copyright infringement, Apple focused on a product (i Pod) that revolutionized music. Now, it looks as though history seems to repeat itself and who knows, maybe another company may come to the forefront with something that will put them behind as did Ipod did when put next Sony’s MP3 walkman.

  • Anonymous

    shouldn’t this be an.droidlife ?

    • http://twitter.com/davekbetts David Betts

      an.droidlife is kinda mehhh.  No one ever comments on the page.  I think Kellex and his crew should simplify.  Anyways Droid=Android OS phone like snot=Kleenex 

  • Anonymous

    You Gotta Do, What You Gotta Do!!!

  • Stelv81

    Good. Now if Google could get more than 30% of it’s devices on Gingerbread that would be great. Not to mention some sort of standard for manufacturers and carriers: stop putting old processors in phones, using low ram, crappy screens, cheap plastic bodies, buggy overlays, small batteries, etc. 

    • Anonymous

      I really wish for the same, though you gotta look at the big picture. A lot of people are currently unemployed, and we are in the midst of a recession. Although I really only pay attention to the high end phones, the truth of the matter is that most people can really currently afford the middle ranged stuff which is why they sell so well. The older processors, cheaper ram and low end screens currently serve its purpose. Besides, those mid ranged phones make our phones look all the better :) 

      • Stelv81

        In response to all. I agree I love the openness but..

        The problem is that there needs to be a set of standards while still allowing openness. We do not need a new Android phone coming out every month. If a manufacturer is turned off by the notion of updating their phones and putting more than 512mb ram in them, then we don’t need those manufacturers. I have the inc2 which is a great phone, and it was also inexpensive. The processor is fast for a single core and it has 768 ram. More companies should follow this standard, and Google should set a base for each company to follow. It doesn’t have to be great specs, or updates all the time, just somewhere in the middle, so we don’t get a set of garbage phones with the Android name like all the Galaxy S1 models.

        • CaptainRon80

          Great comment… although I disagree.  What you are saying is that automotive builders should stop the production of the Honda Accord because the Porsche GT3 will get them to their destination all the same.  For most users 512mb ram/Single core processor will do anything in the world they will want it to do and do it very well.  I’m still wondering why I got rid of my dinc.  If you don’t want a lower end smartphone… just don’t buy one.  

          • Stelv81

            I guess you are right, but some people get tricked into buying crappy devices because they are marketed as good. I thought the Samsung Fascinate would be a good phone but boy I was wrong. And the Fascinate is not Honda Accord, it’s more like a used yugo, or plymouth sundance. The Inc1 is a good phone though.

          • Anonymous

            In this day and age NOBODY gets tricked.  Many people fail to do research and make uninformed purchases… but nobody gets tricked as the information is right here.

    • Mr.joe

      Google has like 4 devices.  Nexus, Nexus S (T,S,A).  The rest are not Google’s phones.

      If Google started putting requirements on Android it would loose what makes it open source.

    • CaptainRon80

      You’re looking at the small picture.  What difference does it make if the politics of business and patents prevents android from developing?    

    • http://twitter.com/BrandoHD Brandon Peters

      Don’t buy those phones, the only way these companies listen is through their pockets, if they continue to sell, the manufactures would continue to make them

    • Anonymous

      google provides the software, the device manufacturers are the ones that tailor it to their devices and then push the update. And if they were to make it so manufacturers weren’t allowed to put less than ground breaking hardware in phones, then people who couldn’t afford top of the line would have no option.

  • Anonymous

    I love how serious and blatant Google is becoming. It’s about time someone stopped playing games with people like Appl* and other patent trolls! 

  • http://twitter.com/Ghub1 Chris Ghubril

    When all else fails, buy everything you can find and hope for the best.

    • Anonymous

      Is Google becoming an accidental monopoly or what =D?

      • Anonymous

        Exactly… because of *pple companies have to spend billions of dollars
        to try and convince a judge they have the right to build a thin
        rectangular device with a touchscreen… Heyy Guys, I just got a $829.99 iPåd2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for.
        I use BÏDFiRsT. COM

        • Anonymous

          …as in the “Fridge v. Appl*” case

          =D