Sep 14th, 2011

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]