Google Adds 200 IBM Patents To Android Arsenal

Law360, Los Angeles (January 4, 2012, 6:19 PM EST) -- Google Inc. acquired more than 200 patents from IBM Corp. last week, a Google spokesman confirmed Wednesday, in a move that may be designed to shield its popular Android operating system from patent attacks by Oracle America Inc. and other competitors.

The Dec. 28 transfer — the latest in a series of patent acquisitions by Google, including more than 2,000 patents transferred from IBM earlier in 2011 — could give Google leverage in cross-licensing negotiations over Android and other technologies, according to Florian Mueller, a consultant...
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