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
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
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.
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