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Google: Microsoft, Apple trying to strangle Android with ‘bogus’ patents

Google: Microsoft, Apple trying to strangle Android with ‘bogus’ patents

[Follow-up: Microsoft says Google declined an invitation to bid together on Novell patents.]

Google is preventing again publicly in opposition to what it calls “a hostile, organized marketing campaign in opposition to Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and different firms, waged by bogus patents.”

These are the phrases of David Drummond, Google’s chief authorized officer, in a post today on the Official Google Blog. As proof of the organized marketing campaign, Drummond factors to Microsoft’s lawsuits in opposition to Barnes & Noble and different Android machine makers; in addition to Apple, Microsoft and others teaming up to purchase the patent portfolio of bankrupt Nortel Networks — which has reportedly sparked a U.S. Justice Department investigation.

The purpose, Drummond writes, is to use the patents to impose a tax (within the type of a patent licensing charges) that makes Android units dearer, for instance. Microsoft is reportedly getting $5 on every Android device offered by HTC, by a patent licensing deal, and looking for extra in its talks with different Android handset makers.

“Patents have been meant to encourage innovation, however these days they’re getting used as a weapon to cease it,” Drummond writes, describing the ways as anticompetitive.

We’re not naive; expertise is a tricky and ever-changing business and we work very laborious to keep targeted on our personal enterprise and make higher merchandise. However on this occasion we thought it was necessary to communicate out and make it clear that we’re decided to protect Android as a aggressive alternative for customers, by stopping those that are trying to strangle it.

We’ve requested Microsoft for remark, and we’ll replace this submit relying on the response.

Know-how patents have been put right into a nationwide highlight just lately by a This American Life investigation into Intellectual Ventures, the patent licensing agency and invention home run by Nathan Myhrvold, the previous Microsoft expertise chief.

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