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Google's ready to fight off lawsuits by purchasing patents to protect Android  (Source: appsaffair.com)
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 WldAntc on 9/15/2011 2:31:28 PM , Rating: 2
"I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve." -Yamamoto
Wait, on second thought this quote doesn't apply. Even war crazed Imperial Japan, tried to awaken only one giant...

Really Apple? A patent war with Samsung and Google?
Let's see... shiny overpriced toymaker vs Asia's version of GE and a bit less non-evil Google...
Yeh, enjoy your two-front patent war with the giants.


By cjc1103 on 9/19/2011 9:23:49 AM , Rating: 2
yeah, and Joe Phoneuser gets to pay for all this corporate backstabbing through higher prices for phones and cell service. $299 for a new phone with a two year contract? Ouch. What really bugs me is you don't get a discount if your phone is paid for and "unlocked". So you might as well upgrade your phone every two years, you're paying for it, in facvt the carriers are counting on it, that's their business model. I like the way they do it in Europe, buy a phone, then choose a carrier. Don't like you current carrier? Choose another one and switch. Yay, competition.


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