Google SVP speaks out about patent wars. Again

Google SVP speaks out about patent wars. AgainOn Wednesday, David Drummond, Google’s Senior VP and Chief Legal guy, posted “When patents attack Android” on the Official Google Blog. In it, he accused Microsoft, Apple and others of a “hostile, organized campaign... waged through bogus patents”.

Microsoft responded with the assertion that it offered to team up with Google to grab some Novell-owned patents, and now David has updated his original post. He’s still not happy.

David explains: “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.

“Ultimately, the U.S. Department of Justice intervened, forcing Microsoft to sell the patents it bought and demanding that the winning group (Microsoft, Oracle, Apple, EMC) give a license to the open-source community.

“This only reaffirms our point: Our competitors are waging a patent war on Android and working together to keep us from getting patents that would help balance the scales.”

Microsoft’s David Shaw suggests that the real reason Google didn’t want to team up was because “they wanted to buy something that they could use to assert against someone else. So partnering with others & reducing patent liability across industry is not something they wanted to help do.”

Is anyone else really sick of all this patent bickering? Yup, me too.

via: All Things D

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 5, 2011 at 16:14

Like some sissy schoolyard spat ... only, with a billion $$ tag #yawn

blizzard7  Aug. 5, 2011 at 16:33

The sad thing is all you can really do is just buy more patents yourself so you end up with a vicious cycle.

CTPAHHIK  Aug. 5, 2011 at 16:52

Alternatively, judge can throw this case out of court on the basis that patents are too broad, quiet old and stifle competition. No doubt that some of them are valid, but good majority are plain rubbish.

davveyx  Aug. 6, 2011 at 09:13

or Google can stop stealing everyones IP, play the game and licence out their 'innovative' technologies from the inventors. Sure there will be some broad patents, that's not what Google is running scared about, its the direct stealing from Oracle, MS, Apple, Rim, Nokia etc etc etc. Google have to be the most devious company out there, steal patents, steal ideas (facebook, groupon...) and steal your data, they've been called out and now they are having a hissy fit.

blizzard7  Aug. 6, 2011 at 13:17

@CTPAHHIK
Hear, hear!

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 6, 2011 at 14:14

davveyx -> +1

blizzard7  Aug. 7, 2011 at 20:48

Fair point daveyx! :)
Although I guess nowadays not a lot is completely original, just adaptations of existing ideas.

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