Internet search giant Google’s top legal officer has officially accused rivals Microsoft, Oracle and Apple of making “bogus” patent claims which may eventually lead to the costs of the company’s Android phones rise significantly.
Apparently, David Drummond, the company’s senior vice president and chief legal officer who brought this severe accusation, probably believes that its rivals are turning envious of the company’s tremendous success in the recent times. He also claimed that over 550,000 Android devices are activated daily all over the world.
"But Android's success has yielded something else: a hostile, organized campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple, and other companies, waged through bogus patents," Drummond wrote in a blog post, "When patents attack Android."
“They’re doing this by banding together to acquire Novell’s old patents (the “CPTN” group including Microsoft and Apple) and Nortel’s old patents (the “Rockstar” group including Microsoft and Apple), to make sure Google didn’t get them,” he added.
Towards the end of June, Apple joined forces with Microsoft to outbid Google in the auction of bankrupt tech company Nortel’s 6000 strong patent portfolio, which included a wide range of potentially ground breaking technologies in the telecom sector.