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IBM helps Google get locked and loaded in patent wars

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IBM helps Google get locked and loaded in patent wars
The headlines are unavoidable – in the world of mobile devices, everyone is suing everyone else. Lawsuits lead to counter lawsuits, companies band together to pool their patents. But most of it has stemmed from one simple fact: Google is younger and has far fewer patents than competitors like Apple, Microsoft, and Oracle.

Google has spent the last half of the year loading up to hunt bear, so to speak. While the buyout of Motorola (and its patent portfolio) made headlines, IBM has also been quietly helping Google close the patent gap. Just last week Google acquired 188 patents and 29 pending patent applications from Big Blue. Clearly someone didn’t take the entire holiday season off.

The newly acquired patents cover a wide range of topics, including data caching and load balancing, video conferencing, and IM applications. Not surprisingly, several are directly related to internet, phone, and mobile technologies. This is the fourth transfer of patents from IBM to Google in 2011, with the total number of patents topping 2,200. Since Google isn't purchasing an entire portfolio, it's entirely possible that the 2,200 patents it got from IBM are of greater legal value than larger portfolio purchases - Motorola may add 17,000+ patents to Google's arsenal, but not all of them are in areas relevant to Google's legal defense.

IBM undoubtedly is helping its own bottom line with these deals, yet it’s interesting that they chose to aid Google, a company that found itself at a serious disadvantage when the mobile sector took an “all lawyers on deck” approach to competition. It’s unlikely that IBM has a specific reason to target one side or the other in the mobile patent wars; more likely, as a solutions provider IBM would benefit from a ceasefire in the war.

Google promised earlier this year that they would aggressively defend Android in the patent wars, and it appears that they continue to invest heavily in that defense.

Tech IP junkies can click on the source to see the titles of several of the patents being transferred.

source: SEO by the sea via Engadget

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posted on 03 Jan 2012, 16:08 10

1. Gotchafone (Posts: 23; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


Or IBM could be taking revenge because they harbor a 25+ year grudge against Apple.

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 16:11 9

2. cncrim (Posts: 501; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Hope the patent war stop some where. Go Gooooooooooooogle

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 16:16 3

4. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


so u hope the patent war stops, but then u want google to push forward… dont by hypocritical towards google…

ibm has to have some deeper reason for offloading patents… patents are a companies core of innovation and for them to release it google must seriously have something good for them to offer

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 16:28 3

5. aarongzmn (Posts: 46; Member since: 22 Mar 2010)


Im sure IBM has some immunity to the patents they sold Google so its pretty much a Win-Win for them.

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 20:39 2

13. cncrim (Posts: 501; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Google is there is open source, she don't care how the OS look or feel as long as it isn't 100% look a like. Nothing wrong with Google try to protect herself, I do believed Apple was the first to fire a shot and now google just build the barrier before it too late.

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 18:26 5

11. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


I honestly don't understand why everyone is so pro Google being in control of everything. Now, I'm not saying the company is evil or that Apple is any better...but it seems like we are so willing to give and trust Google almost blindly without thinking of the result if Google were run by the folks from AT&T or General Electric. And that happening isn't exactly far fetched. Enron was a great company at one point and it took a culture change for it to have massive effects on the world we live in. No company should have that great deal of power and yet we almost cheer when Google gets more of it.

And I could be paranoid to some extent. But when I saw Google side with Verizon on Net Neutrality, their whole "Don't be evil" took a huge hit in my book.

I can't help but think of the TV show/Miniseries "V." Not to say that Google has bad intentions behind it. But eventually there will be a new CEO and that CEO may or may not have our best intentions in mind. But what they will have is a lot of patents, technology, and all of our information at their fingertips that we willingly gave them without a question.

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 19:37 4

12. aarongzmn (Posts: 46; Member since: 22 Mar 2010)


Which of the main companies would you trust more? I mean, Google has stated that its intentions are to make the web easier to use. It makes sense when you think about it.

If its easier to use, they get more ad money and its a win-win right?

As of right now, Google IS a good role model for other tech companies. You cant really say that about most others like Facebook, Microsoft, or Apple.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 08:49 1

16. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


Again dude...Enron was thought to be one of the industry leaders in energy. They were the model company before the massive fraud was uncovered. I'm not saying you can't trust, but always have a doubtful eye...

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 13:41 1

17. aarongzmn (Posts: 46; Member since: 22 Mar 2010)


Yup, and thats why the FTC is watching them for 20 years.

I think there are a lot of supporters of Google because there is a lot of hate against them as well. You see congress try to "regulate" them when they dont understand anything about technology.

But your right, its always good to keep a close eye on companies.

On the other hand, if a company is doing good, its a good idea to give them praise so that they have an incentive to stay good.

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 16:16 1

3. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


IBM is smart selling overpriced patents to a desperate Google. These patent hunts by Google is a clear sign that it underestimated the importance of having key patents in place.

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 17:11 7

6. beatsandmelody (Posts: 109; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


You gotta break some eggs to make an omelet.

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 17:17 7

7. bojack1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)


'Google is younger and has far fewer patents then competitors like Apple, Microsoft, and Oracle.'

far fewer patents than*

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 17:27 6

8. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


" It’s unlikely that IBM has an specific reason"

'a' specific reason? :)

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 17:41 4

9. RazaAsad (Posts: 100; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)


My English is bad and I know that fact but I do not write for Websites, if I start writing something for any of the website, at least I will try using Grammar and Spell Check.
I have observed many articles here with such mistakes and users pointing out to help improve but I guess PA doesn't care about that very much. "A double check before you post" instruction to posters by PA will be appreciated :)

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 18:25 3

10. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


i more or less was just giving the article writer crap for fun (as i really cared less), but i do agree that a quick grammar/spell check wouldn't hurt

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 21:24 3

14. Carlitos (Posts: 322; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


I feel like Google, is getting ready to stop Apple dead cold, if they continue there, ridiculous trolling. The fianl mix to the soup, if Motorola and its arsenal of patents.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 04:52 2

15. musi722 (Posts: 45; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)


looks last of the line!!!

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