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Friday, August 5, 2011

Google Purchases IBM Patents

Google has purchased more than 1,000 patents from IBM. The patents cover several fields include web-based querying and fabrication and architecture of memory and micro-processing chips. There are patents that are connected to routers and servers.  google ibm

The search giant didn’t disclose the total amount for the acquisition, which is a consolation prize for not being able to get its hands on the Nortel patent block. Google initially offered $900 million for the Nortel patents but it lost to a group made up by Microsoft, Apple, Research in Motion and several others.

After failing to get the Nortel patent portfolio, it was reported that Google is attempting to acquire InterDigital, which is a wireless technology company. InterDigital said that it might want to capitalize on its patent portfolio.

Google wants to get mobile patents because of the public’s belief that its wireless patent portfolio is weak compared to its rivals. This makes it vulnerable to patent lawsuits against it Android operating system.

Last year, Oracle filed a patent lawsuit against Google. It claimed that the search giant used Java-based technology in its Android platform. Just earlier this month, Oracles was given the opportunity to depose Google CEO Larry Page in a later date.

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