Sep 14 AT 6:29 PM Alberto Vildosola 30 Comments

Google buys more than 1,000 patents from IBM to defend Android


If you thought Motorola’s 17,000 patents were enough to satisfy Google, think again. The Mountain View company just acquired a whopping 1,023 patents from IBM. And unlike July’s patent purchase, this batch seems to be almost exclusively about Android.

As you might remember, Google acquired 1,030 patents from IBM back in July. But as we told you then, most of those patents had nothing to do with Android. However, this time around Google went straight for the cookie jar. SEO by the Sea has put together a list of some the patents, which include:

  • 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
  • Telephone Information Service System

Yep, that all sounds like mobile talk to me. More interestingly, Google also acquired a bunch of patents related to Java:

  • Achieving Application-Specific Document Content By Transcoding Using Java Server Pages
  • Mapping Enterprise Java Bean Attributes To Database Schema
  • Determining Browser Type In An Open Java Environment
  • Method And Apparatus For High-Concurrency Client Locking With Java In A Data Processing System
  • Method Of Downloading Java Bean Files In A Network
  • Scripting Language Blocks To Support Multiple Scripting Languages In A Single Web Page

I wonder what those are for.

There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Google is getting ready for a massive patent war. How massive? Well, massive enough that the company feels the need to spend more than a dozen billion dollars on it. That’s no chump change, even for Google.

When you add up all these recent patent acquisitions, Google now has more than 20,000 patents in its pockets. And I’m sure that number will keep growing for the foreseeable future. InterDigital’s 8,800 patent portfolio, for example, would be a great addition to Google’s patent war chest.

After watching Google buy these many patents in such a short amount of time, one has to wonder how far the company is willing to go. Will they get to 40,000 patents? What about 60,000? This is Google, after all; once they set out to do something, they do it big.

Via: Bloomberg

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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