Google buys 1,023 IBM patents for Android protection
1,030 IBM patents, and does cover more ground than just mobile, with patents pertaining to web and search products as well as Java and scripting patents. However, the patents that we care about are the mobile patents, which pertain to: Coordination Of Cellular Telephones In A Residential Area To Obviate Need For Wired Residential Service, Method And System For Efficient And Reliable Mac-Layer Multicast Wireless Transmissions, System And Method Of Making Location Updating Management On A Mobile Station, Mobile Station And Mobile Network, and Telephone Information Service System.This deal is completely separate from the deal we told you about back in July when Google bought a pack of
Of course, how useful those patents will be in the Patent Cold War is still unclear, but we're sure that Florian Mueller will soon give us a breakdown of the patents, and more than likely put some unnecessary sky-is-falling spin on it for good measure. We'll try to explain the patents better as the full impact is more understood.