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Google's ready to fight off lawsuits by purchasing patents to protect Android  (Source:
Google says it must buy these patents to protect itself in a "hostile" and "organized campaign" ran by tech giants like Microsoft and Apple

Mobile lawsuits have been flinging back and forth through much of 2011, whether its Apple attacking Samsung repeatedly for its Android-powered Galaxy Tab 10.1 and smartphones, or Samsung fighting back with a 3G lawsuit against Apple. Apple even slammed Amazon with a lawsuit because its Android Appstore had a name much too similar to Apple's "App Store."

With so many patent lawsuits being thrown around recently, Google, maker of the Android operating system, bought over 1,000 patents in order to protect itself.

Jim Prosser, a spokesman for Google, confirmed this week that Google bought 1,023 patents from International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) on August 17, according to Bloomberg. Prosser, however, did not offer details on financial terms. 

Google recently bought 1,030 patents from IBM in July as well, and will likely obtain over 17,000 more patents with the $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility. Last month, Google even transferred nine patents it bought from Motorola Mobility and Openwave Systems to 
Android-powered handset maker HTC to aid in the lawsuit fight.

According to Google, it must buy these patents to protect itself in a "hostile" and "organized campaign" ran by tech giants like Microsoft and Apple. 

The free, open source Android operating system relies on some non-proprietary features that Google did not make, allowing users/developers to manipulate the code. This system allows for lawsuits from others who claim that Android was built "on the backs of research done by other technology companies."

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By Chadder007 on 9/15/2011 11:09:00 AM , Rating: 5
Did IBM also have a patent on black rectangles?

RE: So....
By Omega215D on 9/15/2011 11:18:09 AM , Rating: 2
well, wasn't their Thinkpad lineup based on the black rectangle and square?

RE: So....
By Motoman on 9/15/2011 11:21:54 AM , Rating: 2
Everything in the f&cking tech world is a black rectangle.

Look at any laptop. Any phone. Any MP3 player. Any monitor.

Apple well and truly is the world's greatest troll.

RE: So....
By Omega215D on 9/15/2011 11:40:25 AM , Rating: 2
Engadget and Phone Arena are becoming havens for them. Shame that those sites are usually quick on releasing info on upcoming products.

I dug out my old iRiver Clix 2 and it does have a tablet look to it and my Palm T|X does look like a smartphone... not surprising since Palm did make popular smartphones at one point.

RE: So....
By Darksurf on 9/19/2011 11:27:39 AM , Rating: 2
This just in! Apple is suing Chiquita Bananas for use a fruit logo while Apple has a patent on all fruit logos!

The company's reply was "take the banana and shove it *censored* !"

Lawsuit now in court.

RE: So....
By Solandri on 9/15/2011 4:59:26 PM , Rating: 2
Looking at Anandtech's preview of upcoming Windows 8 tablets, it looks like every single one of them would be banned in Germany under the current ruling against Samsung. I actually feel bad for Germans, as that ruling is going to turn them into a technological backwater. It's like someone getting a design patent on the clipboard back in the early 1900s when business transitioned from blue collar to white collar.

Still, comparing Germany to the rest of the world in 3 years (assuming the ruling stands) will provide ample evidence that stupid patents thwart innovation, not encourage it. Hopefully that'll lead to some real IP law reform.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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