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Google on the Offensive After Motorola Mobility Acquisition

Google on the Offensive After Motorola Mobility Acquisition

Google only just finished acquiring Motorola Mobility, but the company is already on the war-path to a patent suit.

While Apple is going for Samsung's throat in Europe, Google has decided to transfer nine patents acquired from Motorola, Palm and Openwave to HTC, which uses the Android OS on many devices and is currently besieged by an Apple lawsuit of its own. HTC then took the gift and used it to sue Apple in return, on all nine patents.

According to Florian Mueller of the FOSS Patents blog, in this case, Google is probably sticking up for its friends:

"Google knows that HTC is under tremendous legal pressure from Apple and clearly on the losing track. HTC is the first Android device maker sued by apple, so that dispute is at the most advanced stage, and since HTC's own patent portfolio is weak, it has so far lacked the leverage to force Apple into a cross-license agreement. The possibility of HTC being defeated must have scared Google.

"Another motivation for Google is probably to demonstrate some support to third-party Android device makers even though it's clear those won't be able to compete with a Google-owned Motorola Mobility on a playing field if the deal goes through."

Mueller also thinks that this move may end with Apple suing Google directly, which in all reality was likely to be the inevitable conclusion of this patent war.

Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of the Economic Advisors for the white House, made a YouTube video explaining how patent law is screwed up in the United States, which may indicate some sort of change coming soon that will prevent such patent infringement lawsuits from occurring in the first place. See below:

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Well of course they're on the offensive; they've made a very, very controversial purchase. I mean it would make sense if they just bought the patents instead of the whole company but for some reason they had to buy the entire company, due to it being a package deal.

I mean this is what would happen if Microsoft manufactured their own PC's. They made the OS, they sold it to licensees for a fee and they're making their own computers. So what happens if Microsoft suddenly made computers... Everybody would fear what would happen for one, something that is happening at Google.

Google is going to have to do some serious convincing of it's hardware partners that it's Motorola acquisition will not undercut the manufacturers that Android has been licensed to (well technically it's free but they have to pass a test to use the Android name and possibly pay a small fee. The manufactures fears are well founded and given Google's size and control, they have good reason to be scared. Still, this video signals the start of a very hard uphill battle for Google.

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Well, this is an impressive move by Google on their part. It would seem that Google is simply fueling the fire of this crazy patent war. This proves once again how screwed up patent law in the U.S. is. I wonder how many more companies they might give patents too... maybe Samsung lol.

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I feel its about time Google does *something* about patents, reading "Apple Suing X..." every day does get annoying and it seemed like they were only being shoved around.

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I agree, but I think the point here is Android for Google. Apple has iOS, and Google has Android. Android is "open source" but it is also Google's largest singular recognition application in the mobile communications spectrum. This is much like the Apple PC thing back in the day which DOS/Windows ended up winning over the Unix based Apple OS, and in the end the information age was born on the computers of the world. Now it is changing to the mobile platform with smart phones, slates, laptops, netbooks etc, but the largest device is the smartphone which for Google is run by Android. SO they are taking the IBM/M$ role in this. The cloud also which has really been here as many here would know in various forms for quite some time, the "CLOUD" is just a public or general consumer buzz word for it. This public "Cloud" is the newest frontier in IT and will be the basis for the virtual information economy for now. I imagine it will change to a more virtual reality setting rather quickly personally where the next is implants or some other form of virtual display where you "JACK IN" to the network. This legal ownership patent play is for those trying to be the owners of said future with Apple/iOS, and Google/Android being the primaries, so I think Google is just proceeding with what they have had planned for at least a couple of years.

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google needed to go on the offense because of all the law suits. If they didnt step in to save android now, it would be buried in law suits.

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