We wrote an Article about Patent Trolling, and how companies are using it wrongly to sue other companies and getting money out of it.
It has just come to our ears that Â Google has purchased more than 1,000 patents from IBM in an effort to build up its intellectual property portfolio and possibly with an eye to ward off the increasing number of Intellectual Property lawsuits the search giant faces from competitors such as Microsoft.
The loss of Nortel patents was a big blow to Google as the search engine was willing to pay any price to beef up its bank of patents – which is the smallest among major wireless players. Â Google Â has purchased Â technology Â patents Â from Â International Business Machines Â (IBM) as the Â Web-search giant stocks Â up on intellectual property to defend itself against lawsuits. Â Like many tech companies, at times we’ll acquire patents that are relevant to our business, Â Â a Â Google Â spokesman Â said in a statement. The purchase was reported earlier by the blog SEO by the Sea, which said Â Google Â in mid-July recorded the acquisition of more than 1,000 patents with the Â U.S. Patent and Â Trademark Â Office.
Google’s Android mobile device software has increasingly been targeted in legal complaints. A relative newcomer to the mobile industry, Google is competing against established players with large intellectual property arsenals, Poltorak said.
The first Android phones went on the market in 2008. Today Android is the most widely used mobile software for smartphones, with nearly 40% of the global market, according to research firm IDC.
“Google neglected patents for many years because it did not realize that they were essential business tools. It can no longer neglect them,” Poltorak said.
The Google spokesman declined to comment on the purchase price. It wasn’t immediately clear which of the patents might be useful to Â Google Â to shield against lawsuits.
Google Â faces patent lawsuits for many of its services, including its Â Android mobile-device operating system, which has become a bigger target as its world-wide popularity has risen. It is unclear whether any current lawsuits pose a threat to future revenue generated by Google’s new technologies.
Google Â has nearly $40 billion in cash, giving it the flexibility to make purchases. But it was outbid earlier this month when a coalition of companies that compete with Â Android, including Â Apple Â and Â Microsoft, agreed to buy a portfolio of some 6,000 patents owned by Â Nortel Networks Corp. Â for $4.5 billion. That price was five times the $900 million Â Google Â had initially offered in an early bid for the patents. Â Google, of Mountain View, Calif., has been in talks to buy Â InterDigital Inc., a company that owns thousands of patents and licenses them but doesn’t create products, people familiar with the matter have said. Such an acquisition would cost several billion dollars.