Google claims that Android rivals are using ‘bogus patents’ to attack the mobile OS, but Microsoft offers up evidence to suggest that Google dealt itself out of patent discussions.
Patent Wars: The fight to enforce and invalidate patents has reached a new level with Google accusing others of waging “bogus patents” against Android’s very existence, even though some of those patents were the ones Google was trying to buy!
Summary: With engineers back at the helm’s top positions, Google steps further away from software patents and joins Red Hat’s opposition to them
BACK when Google started defending Android from SCOracle, it did throw some hints that it would oppose software patents. Groklaw covered it thoroughly at the time.
Last month we told you about Rockstar, which is a company formed by Apple, Microsoft, RIM, Sony, and Ericsson. They are using the patents won from the Nortel bid to attack Android manufacturers. Rockstar is essentially a patent troll with its only function being litigation.
With patent lawsuits flying this way and that across the tech landscape, Microsoft has given the clearest hint yet that while it will litigate to protect patents in Google's Android operating system that it claims it owns, it is hesitant to take on Google.
Summary: New evidence which shows increased opposition to some software patents and bizarre turns taken by the patent system when lawyers are put in charge
THE FFII’s president shares what he labelled “EFF letter to the US Supreme Court [PDF] about software patents and binaries as prior art” (the latter is humour).
For those who missed the context of it, the EFF supports an at
About a year and a half ago, we wrote about "Rockstar Consortium," a shell company set up by Apple and Microsoft (and a few other companies), in which they placed many of the patents they received when they outbid Google to get Nortel's patents.
Summary: Microsoft’s new direction continues to include “enforcement” (as in aggression) with software patents and Finjan, which Microsoft partly owns, is just attacking companies with software patents because it’s failing as a real business
MICROSOFT is having real problems which we wrote about this morning [1, 2, 3].