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IBM gifts Google a patent bundle

Ho, ho, ho and all that
Wed Jan 04 2012, 09:13

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY GIANT IBM has given Google over two hundred patents.

Google has rather played the underdog role when it comes to patents, and has publicly complained when it has been forced into buying some. Where it has taken on a patent haul it has done so reluctantly, at least publicly, and suggested that it has only done so because everyone else has patents.

It should be writing a very glowing thank you note to IBM then, as according to US Patent and Trademark Office filings seen by search engine news blog SEO By the Sea, the two firms have agreed to a deal that will see Google take assignment of some 188 granted patents and another 29 pending patent applications which originally belonged to IBM.

The deal was recorded at the patent office on December 30, according to the post, and offers a soup to nuts collection of technology IP.

Google has its hands on patents covering such things as presentation software, blade servers, data caching, server load balancing, network performance, video conferencing, email administration, and instant messaging, according to the report, as well as others that cover mobile phones.

In September of last year Google bought over a thousand patents from IBM, while in August, as it made its advances on Motorola Mobility, it drew 18 key patents into its armory.

That month David Drummond, SVP and chief legal officer at Google criticised firms that use patents offensively.

"Android's success has yielded something else: a hostile, organized campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents," he said.

"Patents were meant to encourage innovation, but lately they are being used as a weapon to stop it. Our competitors want to impose a 'tax' for these dubious patents that makes Android devices more expensive for consumers. They want to make it harder for manufacturers to sell Android devices. Instead of competing by building new features or devices, they are fighting through litigation." µ


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