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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  • Tatig

    Don’t take knives to guns fight. Google is armed and dangerous now.

    • 666

      Apple has a bazooka, they’ve been in the game for decades.

      • Ruben

        I don’t know but I thought Apple just started making mobile devices just a couple years ago. The first iPhone was released in 2007. Maybe the math on your planet makes that decades, but on earth that is 4/5 years.Now those patents that Google just bought from Motorola are decades old. Hell, Moto damn near invented the mobile device. Moto made the first cell phone in 1973. That is 6 years before Apple was even a company. Apple is not in a position of power here. That bazooka you speak of is in your exists only in your mind. Decades, do you even follow tech, seriously.

        • khenie

          lol love your response to the “apple fan” what do you say to that dude? :) lol

        • aantoine87


          you shut him the hell up lmfao

        • 666

          Software patents dude.

      • TruFactz

        With less than 10,000 patents? What does it shoot????? Wampa Fruit?????? The Big G will demolish them.

      • ihatefanboys

        Apple does have a bazooka, but they got cocky and ran out of ammo.

  • Interpol91

    It’s just like the Cold War era but with Google building up its patent armament. Great news though on this purchase

  • Nathan

    Let keep it going :)

  • Mother Thereasa

    Google….make the son of a bitches regret they ever heard the word PATENT.

    • inviolable

      son of a bitches!

  • uknowme

    Sweet! This just helps Google tremendously. Now they have the power to keep the Android ball rolling for the foreseeable future at least.

  • goncalossilva

    I just hope all this purchases will be used to defend themselves and not to start suing everyone. One of the things I love about Google is that haven’t started a single lawsuit yet. Let’s keep it that way.

  • Tom

    Sounds like Apple woke the sleeping giant and he’s hungry for a bite to eat. Giants usually just rip the whole tree out.

  • Koolio

    sorta random, but where is the article picture from?

  • n4spd

    software patents are messed up…

    ex: Determining Browser Type In An Open Java Environment

    serious? it’s called “read the use-agent string”.

    talk about obvious and trivial. millions probably have done it without much though as a small part of their work.

    all s/w patents should be voided. period.

    • riper

      Exactly, change the laws US, comon! Software patents are so lame!

  • dre

    last chance to get into idcc, intel, msft, goog, apple, qcom all want it

    could get very heated, inital bid on nortel was 900m, went for 4.5bn

  • Jack C

    My main concern with this trend is the more money that Google has in the current IP system, the more vested they are in that system, the less likely they are to want to reform that system, and the greater the incentives are to using IP assets to suing or threatening in order to make additional profits.

    • riper

      That’s not how Google rolls, that’s how Apple and other evil companies roll! I’m sure Google just bought the patents to stop others (evil companies) from getting them, not to sue! The only way Google would use them is to defend itself against lawsuits made by the (evil) companies.

      Don’t be evil!

  • sturoid

    I love Google but honestly I think all these patents they have are bunk. if they were worth anything then surely the holders would have used them?

  • drock4484

    Problem is, this wont help them at all in their current lawsuit against Oracle. Oracle is wiping the floor with Google’s butt. Google clearly stole from Sun (now Oracle).

  • Matthew H

    Google spending billions on patents is coming at a cost to Android, one way or another. This likely means that the company is going to have monetize its investment sooner rather than later. I am really starting to understand the comments from iFans that Android really is not free. Between the licensing fees to Microsoft, potentially Apple, and the cost of patents, Android is costing plenty. It just has been hidden from the consumer so far. I predict that won’t last forever and the consumer will have to pay one way or another.

    • Tsany

      Stop with the FUD … a hidden cost can be introduced by more expensive devices which cannot happen due to competition of many manufacturers (compare with iOS, Bada and webOS) …
      iFans don’t comment – they postulate.

    • riknos

      You do realize that by creating android Google captured almost the entire mobile search market and all associated ad revenue, right? Google is protecting android in order to keep this market share from being captured by others, mainly bing/winmobile 7.

  • a dawg

    I just bought 100 patent from magic city stripclub.
    One of which is: a device that allows me to kick you in the ballz over a tcpip connection

  • http://None CaribGrackle

    This indeed reminds of the Cold War, the hideous patent war and their supporters and executioners *cough*Appleamongthem*couhg* have awakened something that we shall all fear. Instead of innovations through the good sport and competitiveness, the Patent War will just leave us with good companies doing mediocre jobs and powerful companies not caring about really improving anymore, or doing so taking a really long and unnecessary time.

    Google is arming their nukes, not to attack I believe, but to avoid being a primary target, something I think is impossible for them now.