Google Assimilates 1,023 IBM Patents to Protect Android
Google recently purchased 1,023 patents from IBM in order to help shore up its Android defense. Google took ownership of the patents last month, according to government filings. Google acquired 1,030 patents from IBM in July, and recently announced its intent to purchase Motorola. The Motorola purchase will give Google access to another 17,000 patents. The smartphone market is embroiled in patent litigation. Owning patents is seen as one way of defending against lawsuits.
Google Makes LTE Patents Available Through Via Licensing
Via Licensing today said that Google has added its LTE patents to its broader pool of LTE patents. Via Licensing collects wireless patents from a broad range of companies with the intent of licensing them at fair and reasonable rates.
Apple's Patent Consortium to Sell 4,000 Patents for $900M
Rockstar Consortium, a patent-holding company headed by Apple, has agreed to sell more than 4,000 mobile patents for about $900 million. Apple and partners Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony paid $4.5 billion for more than 6,000 patents from Nortel four years ago in order to help protect against litigation.
Motorola Told to Pay Fujifilm $10.2M for Patent Infringement
Motorola must pay Fujifilm $10.2 million for violating one of its imaging patents. Fujifilm sued Motorola in 2012 alleging the handset maker was violating four of its patents.
Google, Seeking Patent Peace, Debuts PAX Licensing Network
Google today announced PAX, a patent-licensing initiative for Android that the company hopes will help resolve and/or prevent patent-related threats. Companies that join PAX give each other royalty-free patent licenses that cover Android and Google applications on compatible devices.
Obtaining patents is seen as a way to avoid lawsuits.
1023? Just shy of 1K?
...there's a joke in there somewhere.
lol I get it