Google this afternoon acknowledged that it turned down Microsoft’s invitation to bid collectively on a portfolio of patents from Novell, confirming what Microsoft said yesterday afternoon. However the search big alleged that the invite was really a sneaky try by Microsoft to additional undermine Google’s capability to shield itself from patent claims in opposition to its Android cell working system.
“A joint acquisition of the Novell patents that gave all events a license would have eradicated any safety these patents might provide to Android in opposition to assaults from Microsoft and its bidding companions,” says David Drummond, Google’s chief authorized officer, in an update to his earlier blog post. “Ensuring that we’d be unable to assert these patents to defend Android — and having us pay for the privilege — will need to have appeared like an ingenious technique to them. We didn’t fall for it.”
Frank Shaw, Microsoft’s company communications chief, responded in a series of tweets: “Let’s take a look at what Google doesn’t dispute of their reply. We supplied Google the chance to bid with us to purchase the Novell patents; they mentioned no. Why? BECAUSE they wished to purchase one thing that they might use to assert in opposition to another person. SO partnering with others & lowering patent legal responsibility throughout trade is just not one thing they wished to assist do.”
The kerfuffle started yesterday when Drummond criticized what he known as “a hostile, organized marketing campaign in opposition to Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and different firms, waged by way of bogus patents.”
Microsoft responded by stating that Google had declined its invitation to bid on the Novell patents, one of many examples cited by Drummond in his put up.
Unaddressed within the newest back-and-forth is the acquisition of Nortel’s patents by a gaggle together with Microsoft and Apple, or Microsoft’s efforts to search royalties from makers of Android handsets. The Redmond firm says Android infringes on its patents. It’s reportedly getting $5 for every Android device sold by HTC, and looking for extra royalties from others.