Google has dipped into the vast pool of patents accumulated by IBM to protect its Android platform from litigation.
Android has been attacked by patent lawsuits from all sides and Google has found itself virtually helpless, with its small patent portfolio. Oracle is claiming that Android infringes heavily on Java and Apple has targeted Android device makers like HTC and Samsung.
According to an article on SeoByTheSea, the search giant registered a purchase of more than 1,000 technology patents with the US Patent and Trademark Office in mid-July.
The 1,030 patents purchased by Google from IBM 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.
“Like many tech companies, at times we’ll acquire patents that are relevant to our business,” a Google spokesman said in a statement.
Google, after losing the bidding war to acquire Nortell’s patents, had hinted that it is looking for other options, as it needs to strengthen its product portfolio. Google’s general counsel, Kent Walker had earlier said that software patents were ‘gumming up’ innovation.