We’ve been following Android’s patent war very closely here at Android and Me, bringing you bad news after bad news about the whole issue. However, today is a “good news” kind of day. And I’m happy to tell you things just might start to turn around for our little green friend.
According to Bloomberg, Google has acquired a “batch” of patents from IBM. That “batch” equals 1,030 patents, and they cover a very wide range of technologies from memory and microprocessing to servers and routers. Even down to relational databases and object oriented programming.
While most of these patents seem to be related to Google’s core business–Google Search–I wouldn’t be surprised if some of those memory, microprocessing and router patents could be used to defend Android as well. Speaking of routers, Google is also getting ready to become an ISP in Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri. And since this is Google we’re talking about here, Comcast, AT&T and other telcos will probably have around zero market share in both of these cities by next year. If that comes true, ISPs will undoubtedly go after Google with lawsuits, and some of these IBM patents could very well become useful when that happens.
Even though most of these patents seem to have nothing to do with mobile or Android, I’m just as glad to see Google beef up its patent portfolio. Of course, the best solution would be to overhaul the whole patent system in this country. But until that happens, Google needs to grab all the patents it can. Because it’s a tough and cruel world out there if you don’t have a huge patent war chest.