Microsoft, Oracle and Apple Using “Bogus” Patents?

Google Lawyer Warns of “a hostile, organized campaign against Android.”

Jessica Thornsby

Google lawyer warns against “a hostile, organized campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies.”

David Drummond, Chief Legal Officer at Google, has posted a blog discussing rival companies’ moves
to acquire the Novell and Nortel patents. The CPTN group, which
consists of Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and EMC, moved together to
acquire Novell’s patents; while the “Rockstar” group, including
Apple, Microsoft, RIM and Sony, acquired Nortel’s patent portfolio
for $4.5 billion. Google originally made a $900 million “stalking
horse” bid for the Nortel patents.

Drummond sees this as a “a hostile, organized campaign against
Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged
through bogus patents.” He describes Android as being “on fire,”
and in his opinion its success has directly resulted in the groups’
decisions to acquire the Nortel and Novell patents.

“Patents were meant to encourage innovation, but lately they are
being used as a weapon to stop it,” he argues, but he is optimistic
about the future: “We’re not naive; technology is a tough and
ever-changing industry and we work very hard to stay focused on our
own business and make better products. But in this instance we
thought it was important to speak out and make it clear that we’re
determined to preserve Android as a competitive choice for
consumers, by stopping those who are trying to strangle it.”

The Department of Justice are currently investigating whether
Microsoft and Apple acquired the Nortel patents as part of an
anti-competitive strategy
. In the past, Google have called for patent reform, stating
that the majority of patent lawsuits filed against them are the
work of “patent trolls.” However, according to Drummond’s post,
Google are now looking into strengthening their own patent
portfolio to reduce the threats against the Android OS.

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