Jul 20 AT 3:48 PM Alberto Vildosola 18 Comments

Patent War II: Google, Apple fighting over InterDigital’s patent portfolio

Here we go again. According to Bloomberg, Google and Apple are among the companies looking to acquire InterDigital’s patent war chest. As you all know, Google recently lost Nortel’s patent bid at the last minute. Apple decided to join forces with Microsoft, RIM and others to outbid Google. Yes, these days Apple is palling around with Microsoft and RIM just so it can annoy Google.

Well, Nortel is not the only company out there with a massive patent portfolio. In fact, InterDigital’s patents are “deeper and stronger” than Nortel’s, according to InterDigital CEO William Merritt. The company has around 1,300 patents related to mobile technologies. That should be more than enough to fend off the patent trolls Android is facing.

It’s interesting to see Apple, and not Microsoft, really interested in blocking Google from acquiring any patents. I could see Microsoft trying to pull this, since there are financial incentives for the company to do so. (See: Microsoft makes a lot of money from Android). But Apple doesn’t make money by preventing Google from getting these patents. Microsoft’s tactics may be evil, but at least they’re doing it to make money. Apple, on the other hand, is just trying to hurt Android.

Just yesterday, we told you what Eric Schmidt thinks about this whole patent infringement mess. To summarie, he’s not too worried about it and believes it’s just “legal fun.” However, the fact that Google and Apple are constantly locking horns over this issue tells me otherwise. Why would Google start hiring patent experts if it wasn’t for an all-out patent war behind closed doors?

Whatever the case may be, we’ll surely be following this battle very closely with hopes that Google manages to win.

Source: 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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    2011. Year of the Patent Wars.

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    And this is how we know Apple is nowhere near as innovative as they would like everyone to believe. If they were, they wouldn’t need all these patents from other companies.

    What I really love seeing is, all the apple fans sticking up for apple and believing they actually invent things yet hate MS. MS & Apple are the same. . . apple just invents less technology and copies it better and is the best at marketing–I’ll give them that. They’ve convinced millions their junk is somehow better.

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    Apple, Microsoft and Google have one MAJOR thing in common. They are all software companies. None of them are hardware companies. They design software that runs on third party hardware. “Oh, but what about the iPhone, iPad and Mac’s?” Those machines are not built by Apple. Apple has a hand in designing the hardware in deciding what processors, manufacture of memory, and so on goes into these devices, but they do not actually manufacture the products. Same with Microsoft and Google.

    Reminds me of a PC vs Mac commercial from a year or two ago where PC stated he wasn’t feeling good because his hardware wasn’t working properly, and Mac replies that Apple makes all of its hardware. Really? I thought Intel made the processors, nVidia or ATI made the graphics cards, and so on. The A4 processor in the iPhone 4 and the iPad is actually manufactured by Samsung and is based off of the ARM processors.

    Honestly, Apple needs these patents just as much as Google and Microsoft, considering Apple has demonstrated it doesn’t care about patents, and has infringed on NUMEROUS patents over the course of the companies existence. Google is needing these patents to fend off all of the big players in the Mobile industry, along with the various other tech industries that it is branching into. Microsoft would like a few of these as well, just to no it has the space to do what it wants when it wants without any more federal injunctions again.

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    Its all fun and games until someone’s device gets an importation block.

    Google needs to do something because they’re making the manufacturers fend for themselves right now. Google’s been saying for a while now that they’d protect their partners, but I haven’t really seen them take any steps to do so outside of speaking out against the lawsuits. The only patent infringement case they’re fighting is the one with Oracle, I haven’t seen them get directly involved in defending any of their partners in their respective patent cases.

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