Google buys patents from Foxconn for Google Glass

Google buys patents from Foxconn for Google Glass
According to the Wall Street Journal, Google has purchased some patents from Foxconn for "Head Mounted Technology" that allows for virtual images to be "superimposed on a real-world view". Google plans on using the patents for Google Glass and said that the purchased patents are "commonly used in aviation and tactical/ground displays, engineering and scientific design applications, gaming and video devices as well as training and simulation tools."

There is speculation that Foxconn will be building the connected specs in a U.S. located factory in Santa Clara, California. This isn't the first time that Google has paid out money to a Glass related company. Last month the company acquired a 6.3% stake in Taiwanese chip designer Himax Display. Some of the output from that company does find its way into Google Glass.

Google Glass is expected to have competition from Chinese search firm Baidu and it certainly isn't unrealistic to expect other firms to come up with similar products. By picking up whatever patents it can now, Google is trying to avoid the situation that many Android manufacturers have found themselves in in terms of patent battles. Google Glass is expected to be made available to the general public in 2014.

source: WSJ via TheRegister

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12 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That tech sounds familiar. I think it's called augmented reality. How can you patent something that's common?

2. Santi_Santi unregistered

how common? like a shape of a rectangle with rounded corners? that common?

5. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

yes reminds me of some company trying too pay too buy a certain name

6. Santi_Santi unregistered

well, at least they pay

7. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

All you people fell for it, hooked you all with a comment best left ignored.

3. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Common? Like rectangles, wedge shaped laptops, and a sliding gesture? Yes, it would absolutely ludicrous for Google to patent those things. Also, they didn't patent it themselves, they bought it.

4. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

You keep embarrassing yourself, here.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Are you being intentionally ironic?

10. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

i think its to save themselves from a cheap court case. as we have seen in past american companies always wins when an outsider is suing them but alot of time is wasted in those trials so google is just saving its future time in return of some asset .

11. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Like your favorite fruit patent rectangle?

8. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

It's called preemptive measures.

12. dmat3889

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

yall want a good read about patents. Go read how microsoft tried to sue someone over the letter E. steveblank.com/2012/08/20/when-microsoft-sued-us-o​ver-the-letter-e/

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