Android is in deep trouble on the patent front, and its top lawyer knows it
Google's (GOOG) chief legal counsel's angry screed on the company's official blog in which he accuses Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) of waging a hostile, organized, anti-competitive campaign against Android through dubious and bogus patents (adjectives all his) may be remembered as one of the most misguided briefs any high-tech lawyer has ever written.
Not that David Drummond is wrong about Google's competitors using the patent system to fight Android. They are. It's that he doesn't have a leg to stand on. Let us count the reasons why.
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"Patents were meant to encourage innovation, but lately they are being used as a weapon to stop it." -- David Drummond, Google Senior VP and Chief Legal Officer (Google Blog)
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