What Google Wants With All Those IBM Patents


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What: “Google recorded the assignment of 1,029 granted patents from IBM covering a range of topics, including relational databases, object-oriented programming and business processes. The patents also cover such things as “the fabrication and architecture of memory and microprocessing chips, to other areas of computer architecture including servers and routers as well“”.

Why: “Overall, the acquisition of new patents will help Google fend off potential lawsuits, as the company increases the number of patents that cover technologies in its possession.

Technology patent watcher Florian Mueller, author of the FOSS Patents blog, said one possible early use for the patents Google acquired from IBM could be to negotiate some kind of cross-patent deal with Oracle that could hasten a settlement to the lawsuit Oracle has leveled against Google over the use of Java in Google’s Android mobile operating system.”

And: “There is irony in Google acquiring patents from IBM, in that Forbes recently published its list of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies.” Google is No. 7 on that list, and IBM does not even make the list of 100 companies. Yet, when it comes time to beef up its patent portfolio, Google turns to the Forbes-proclaimed non-innovative IBM. Obviously, Big Blue was not considered innovative enough for Forbes, but apparently IBM is plenty innovative to Google.”

Full article on eWeek here.

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