Google Buys Over 1000 Patents from IBM

Google announced today that it purchased more than 1000 patents from IBM in July. The purchase was first reported by SEObytheSea, which broke the news before Google’s official statement.

IBM has one of the largest patent portfolios in the industry. Most of the patents that Google acquired are related to search engines and search technology.

“Like many tech companies, at times we’ll acquire patents that are relevant to our business,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

Google recently lost a bid for Nortel’s patent portfolio, which was sold for $4.5 billion dollars to a consortium comprising Apple, Microsoft, RIM and others. Google and its device partners are being sued by many companies including Apple, Microsoft and Oracle for patent infringement related to Android.

Since then, they have been trying to get their hands on some patents related to wireless technology, so they can at least defend themselves and their Android partners from litigation.

While this buy doesn’t seem to be related to Android at all, it does signal that Google is finally starting to build up their patent portfolio.

It is currently in talks to acquire InterDigital, which has close to 8,800 patents. Apparently, Apple is also courting InterDigital, trying to buy it with its huge stash of cash.

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