IN A BLINDINGLY STARTLING OUTBREAK of common sense someone from Google has described the existing technology patent system as a nightmare.
Bloomberg reports that Google General Counsel Kent Walker likened patent purchases, and their resulting use, as a battlefield and added that it was hard to find a way through the "mess" of litigation.
"It's hard to find what's the best path - there's so much litigation," said Walker in an interview with Bloomberg. "We're exploring a variety of different things."
Google is currently embroiled in a legal dispute with Oracle about its apparent use of Java in the Android operating system. The argument lately has centred on what seems to be the most important part of the debate, which is how much money Google will be expected to pay Oracle if it is found liable for patent infringement, so it is perhaps because of this that Walker had something to say on the subject.
"The tech industry has a significant problem," he said. "Software patents are kind of gumming up the works of innovation."
This does not mean that Google will steer away from buying patents itself, of course. It was a keen player in the Nortel patents auction and Walker said that it was likely to raise its hand in similar sales.
"We want to make sure Google and the companies Google partners with aren't shut out of the opportunity to bring great new products and features to consumers," he added. "We'll be fine. We have the resources to balance the scales here." µ
Tabs to more Ctrl and less Win. Such Fn.
Either that or it's a really intense holiday