Google vs The World: Patent War Just Heating Up

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So, when Mr. Drummond, chief legal guy of Google, accused Microsoft going to bed with Apple in a quest to strangle Google and Android, Microsoft keenly responded with an email screenshot that, it was in fact Google who rejected a joint bid with Microsoft.

But Google responded why they didn’t, and it makes total sense. Mr Drummond explained:

“If you think about it, it’s obvious why we turned down Microsoft’s offer. Microsoft’s objective has been to keep from Google and Android device-makers any patents that might be used to defend against their attacks. A joint acquisition of the Novell patents that gave all parties a license would have eliminated any protection these patents could offer to Android against attacks from Microsoft and its bidding partners. Making sure that we would be unable to assert these patents to defend Android — and having us pay for the privilege — must have seemed like an ingenious strategy to them. We didn’t fall for it.”

So that’s Google saying, even if it had jointly bid for the patents, it would have been unable to save Android ( from getting strangled) – since Microsoft would have the same patents as well. Nice trick CPTN.

Earlier, Department of Justice opened an investigation to check whether Microsoft Apple Oracle and others were fondling around patent rights to specifically strangle Device manufacturers using Android/Open source technology.  And the courts did intervene when it made Microsoft sell back the  Novell patents and made other parties ease on the rights. The official statement cites:

 “Microsoft will sell back to Attachmate all of the Novell patents that Microsoft would have otherwise acquired, but will continue to receive a license for the use of those patents, the patents acquired by the other three participants and any patents retained by Novell”

But as Techcrunch writes, Part 1 was Novell, part 2 was Nortel – but there might be yet an intense part 3 – InterDigital.

InterDigital has over 8800 patents, and Google desperately needs to strengthen their arsenal of patents with some massive deals, and not going after generic patents as shipping information.

Apple has over 10K patents, Microsoft should have well over 20K and Google is pretty much nowhere with only about 2000 patents, and THAT after a 1000 patent deal with IBM.

If Google intends to adhere to a Patent MAD Doctrine, it needs some good number of patents under its belt – and as the technology world ponders – deals like InterDigital doesn’t happen every now and then.

Dick Move(s)? Aplenty. The overall fiasco in itself is a terrible play by CPTN, and it doesn’t help them generate a lot of goodwill. But they don’t care much, since the General Population wont care about technology news, and will be happy with an iPhone 5. In fact, core Apple fans might get thrilled with Apple beating Android by the bushels. But Google CANNOT mum on this anymore, and the latest reactions does provide indications that a terrible patent litigation is mounting. But….

Verdict – Apple and Microsoft combined can easily overkill Google on any given bids. They can’t compete with the two giants, and Google knows it. The future looks very, very bleak. Google, as the famous script in Snatch, Should Pray! If they are not, they f****** should be!

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