Google Purchases 1,000 Patents from IBM

Patent is the single most discussed topic in the mobile arena for the last couple of months. Google, facing a growing threat of intellectualproperty lawsuits, purchased over 1,000 patents from International Business Machines (IBM) to bolster its portfolio. The high stakes is indicative of how important patent litigation is thought to be in the ongoing battle for smartphone and tablet platforms. It's not known exactly how the IBM patents will help. Some of the patents relate to the manufacture of CPU and memory chips which suggests an Android defence use. The patents cover a wide range of topics like fabrication and architecture of memory and microprocessing chips. Patents related to servers, routers, relational databases and object oriented programming have also been purchased by Google.

Google did not disclose how much it paid for the patents or whether or not it was in response to the mountain of lawsuits the Android is facing. "Like many tech companies, at times we'll acquire patents that are relevant to our business needs," Google said in a statement.
Source: Brothersoft News

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