Google purchases Big Blue patents to defend Android

14 09 2011

Sept 14 2011

The intellectual property landscape in the mobile industry has posed some challenges for Google’s Android platform, pushing the company to seek patents to help defend Android against litigation from other major players. In addition to Google’s landmark $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola, it turns out that the search giant has quietly been seeking out other sources of IP.

Google reportedly obtained 1,030 patents from IBM in July and purchased another 1,023 patents from the company last month, according to a Bloomberg report on Wednesday. It’s not presently clear what areas of technology the patents cover, but they will undoubtedly strengthen Google’s defensive patent portfolio.


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