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Chief Lawyer at Google Concerned over Patent Lawsuits and Consumer Benefits

The chief lawyer at Google Inc. has stated that the Smartphone industry is undergoing an arms race for copyrights currently which in turn is affecting consumer benefits.

According to British daily The Guardian (opens in new tab), Kent Walker, the head of legal department at Google Inc. on Tuesday has staged concern for consumers who may suffer due to rise in legal battles for patent copyright amid Smartphone makers across the world.

“It’s hard to find what’s the best path -- there’s so much litigation, We’re exploring a variety of different things. The tech industry has a significant problem and Software patents are kind of gumming up the works of innovation.” Walker said in an interview.

The company which is already battling a lawsuit filed against it by Oracle Corp., accusing it of infringing upon Java technology to develop its Android operating system, is entangled into several such other court cases.

Google Inc. recently lost a bid to acquire nearly 6000 patents offered during the auction of Nortel, the Canadian company that went bankrupt in 2009. Apple won the bid overthrowing Google’s $900 million bid in partnership with other companies including Microsoft and Motorola.

Walker stressed that Google does not believe in the latest trend of ‘acquire patents and seek compensation’.

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