Google Buys 1K Patents From IBM To Help Defend Android


It has just been made known that Google recently bought 1,023 patents from IBM in a move that will no doubt help the internet search giant defend the Android OS from rivals like Apple and Microsoft (boo — hiss). The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s show that Google acquired these patents back in August 17th but the information was just released today on their website. A Google spokesman would not comment as to further details or the financial terms of the transaction.

Add this thousand to the 1,030 they acquired from IBM back in July and the some 17,000 patents Google recently acquired when they bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion last month and Googorola is a force to be reckoned with. Google has mentioned that these patents would only be used to defend themselves against the forces of evil. To help fight the good fight, Google was generous enough to transfer 9 of their patents to HTC who was able to use those in their lawsuit against Apple. And that’s how you play the patent game, folks.

[Via Bloomberg]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. This is good to see Google doing this to protect its partners and the consumers. Atleast now maybe apple will back off a little and other OEM’s that make android phones won’t have to worry.

    1. Apple won’t back off until iPhone 5 is banned from entering the states.

      1. Well if the mock ups of what some think the new iphone will look like end up being true they look almost identical to the sgs2 so samsung could have a field day with that and should sue apple and try to ban the iphone from the us.

  2. Armed and Dangerous

  3. Apple started a patent war. And I think Google is going to finish it.

    1. Google doesnt even have to finish it….just keep Apple and others at bay with all these lawsuits. I’ll take a truce anyday.

  4. As long as this means I can get a Nexus Prime with a 4.5″ screen without Apple saying they invented the link technology that dials the phone when you press the phone icon, I’m good. We should be able to choose what phones we like out of technology that’s available. I, for one, don’t want an Apple only planet where you get one major advancement a year like the “Apple official” abilty to have wallpaper behind boring square icons after almost 4 years. If not for Android, iPhoners would never have seen a notification shade.

  5. LOL @ “Boo-Hiss”. i aint heard that since I was a kid.

  6. Im ick of the word patent

    1. Me too. How about we call it something different. Maybe something like “jelly butter gumdrops”?

  7. Ha, they’re so clever… 1,023 is 2 to the 10th power minus 1. Odd, but clever.

    1. And…..

      1. You don’t recognize the binary cool factor in 1024 == 1KiB?
        Turn in your geek card, if you had one.

        1. I recognize the cool factor, but it is 1,023, not 1,024.

  8. Googling arming up is great news!

    Almost as good as nexus prime news :D

  9. I just wanna see these companies put out bad ass products fight it that way it’s the true way at least that what I thought. So that’s cool Google is helping.

  10. Google just finished their warm up.

  11. With all those.. It’s a good they they are so good at search. Otherwise that’s a lot to go through just to find violations to fight with.

  12. Google buys a bunch of patents to protect its cute little green baby from all the big, bad patent lawsuits. Only this time, instead of buying a hardware manufacturer to expand its patent warchest, team Mountain View merely purchased 1,023 bits of IP from IBM.

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  13. light saber duels instead of patent lawsuits, my vote

    1. This!

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