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Google Criticises US Patent System as Broken

As Google is assailed by lawsuits against the Android platform, the company's top patent lawyer has criticised the US patent system as broken.

In an interview with the The San Francisco Chronicle, Tim Porter said that the patent system granting recognition to ‘broad and unoriginal ideas' which are ‘masquerading' as inventions has led to the current patent war situation.

Android, which owns 43 percent of the smartphone market, stepped on a lot of toes to get there. As of now, Android and its partners are under attack by multiple patent infringement lawsuits filed by Microsoft, Apple and Oracle.

Speaking about Microsoft, Porter said that the company was filing lawsuits and scaring Android partners into signing patent deals with it in order to make up for the market share it lost in the smartphone market.

"This is a tactic that Microsoft has used in the past, with Linux, for example. When their products stop succeeding in the marketplace, when they get marginalized, as is happening now with Android, they use the large patent portfolio they've built up to get revenue from the success of other companies' products," he said.