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.
The Google boys wanted to show off their number theory chops. Steve Jobs needed to win.
Perhaps if it had been Google (GOOG) that was getting hauled into court for patent violations it would have fought harder to win this week's auction for the rich portfolio of intellectual property bequeathed by the bankrupt Nortel Corp.
But it was Google's Android partners -- the HTCs, Motorolas and Samsungs of the world -- that MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 2, 2011 7:49 AM ET
Google's Android operating system is the big loser as 6,000 patents fall into enemy hands
In the largest exchange of intellectual property rights in the Internet age, a powerhouse consortium led by Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) has agreed to buy from the bankrupt Nortel Corp. access to more than 6,000 patents covering key telecommunications technologies, from Internet services to wireless data networking.
The consortium, which includes Sony (SE), Research in Motion MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 1, 2011 5:55 AM ET
Said to join Google, Intel, Ericcson and RPX in a bid for 6,000 telephony patents
This was the week we found out how valuable telecommunications patents can be.
On Tuesday, Apple (AAPL) settled its long-running patent dispute with Nokia (NOK) for what analysts estimate could be as much as $1 billion in licensing fees.
On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple had joined the crowd of companies bidding for the telephony MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 17, 2011 3:33 PM ET
$900 Million for Nortel's patents could put some of its patent questions to an end.
Google (GOOG) and its Android partners are, like the rest of the industry, engulfed in patent disputes from Oracle (ORCL), Nokia (NOK) Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT) and others over Android, and to lesser degree, Chrome.
As a younger company with only a relatively recent focus on mobile communications, Google has a shallow patent pool from which to MORESeth Weintraub - Apr 4, 2011 5:34 PM ET
Nokia, Motorola and RIM unlikely to let Nortel's intellectual property go without a fight
In a note to clients issued Tuesday, J.P. Morgan's data networking team smelled danger in Monday's report that Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) have bid on part of the patent portfolio being auctioned off in the wake of Nortel Networks' January 2009 bankruptcy.
There are more than 4,000 patents at stake, organized into six "buckets" by related technologies, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 14, 2010 1:48 PM ET
Tech's top vendors see small companies as a big opportunity.
Software giant Microsoft (MSFT) tops a new ranking of technology companies effectively serving small businesses online by providing a rich, educational web experience for small companies.
Compass Intelligence, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based consulting firm, analyzes the websites of dozens of tech companies - and interviews small business owners and executives - to come up with its rankings, which it publishes twice each year.
Microsoft leaped to the No. 1 ranking from No. 6 in the MOREStephanie N. Mehta, Deputy Managing Editor - Dec 8, 2009 6:45 AM ET
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