Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jul 2011 20:51 UTC, submitted by fran
Google "Google Inc. said Friday that it has purchased technology patents from International Business Machines Corp. as the Web-search giant stocks up on intellectual property to defend itself against lawsuits." This article lists some of them. Google on the defensive. You kind of have to when you find yourself on the receiving end of the Apple-Microsoft-Oracle cartel's lawsuit stick.
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glarepate
Member since:
2006-01-04

Plus, I'm wrong about Google never having sued anyone:

http://www.informationweek.com/news/internet/google/210601747

Google Launches Pre-Emptive Lawsuit Against Memory Maker

In 2006, Google considered business proposals from Netlist to supply it with server memory hardware for some of its servers but ended up buying from a different supplier.

By Thomas Claburn InformationWeek
September 15, 2008 06:00 PM

Anticipating a patent infringement lawsuit from Netlist, a maker of high-density memory subsystems, Google has taken the offensive and filed for a declaratory judgment to invalidate the patent in question.

The patent, Memory module decoder (U.S. Patent No. 7,289,386), describes a memory module and printed circuit board with a coupled logic element. It was issued to Netlist last October.

Having been sued six times already this year for patent infringement, Google has decided to launch pre-emptive litigation rather than waiting around to be served with patent lawsuit No. 7.

In 2006, according to Google's legal filing, Google considered business proposals from Netlist to supply it with server memory hardware for some of its servers. It ended up buying from a different supplier.

In May 2008, Netlist's CEO and president, Chun Hong, wrote to Google and claimed that the memory modules Google had chosen infringed Netlist's patent. Netlist's outside counsel, Morrison & Foerster, sent two follow-up letters in June.

Google, believing that litigation was imminent, responded by asking the court to issue a declaratory judgment that it is not infringing Netlist's patent and that Netlist's patent isn't valid.

Google's court filing says the Netlist patent is invalid because it fails to comply with various conditions and requirements set forth in patent law.

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foregam Member since:
2010-11-17

The point, however, was to invalidate a patent, not to suck Netlist dry.

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Anticipating a patent infringement lawsuit from Netlist, a maker of high-density memory subsystems, Google has taken the offensive and filed for a declaratory judgment to invalidate the patent in question.


They didn't actually sue Netlist, but I'm sure there are actually other cases where Google sued someone.

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