Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 21:22 UTC
Google This I didn't expect. While we've had individual people high up Google's chain of command speak out, there wasn't yet any form of official response to the patent shenanigans surrounding Android. For the first time, the company has posted on the official Google Blog about the issue, and the company is clear. Several companies, including Apple, Microsoft, and Oracle, are working together to attack Android through patents. Google is not going to sit back and take it, though. Update: Stuff just got real. Popcorn! Or better yet, coffee!
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Hypocrisy
by Jennimc on Thu 4th Aug 2011 04:20 UTC
Jennimc
Member since:
2011-06-22

So if Google had acquired the rights to these patents, that would have been OK. But when others acquired them, it’s a “hostile, organized campaign”. It’s OK for Google to undermine Microsoft’s for-pay OS licensing business by giving Android away for free, but it’s not OK for Microsoft to undermine Google’s attempts to give away for free an OS that violates patents belonging to Microsoft?

Thom argues that Google only wants to use patents defensively. But what exactly does Google need to defend against, if not actual patents Android actually violates?

How is Google’s argument here different than simply demanding that Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, et al should simply sit back and let Google do whatever it wants with Android, regardless of the patents they hold? And, let’s not forget, give Android away for free.

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RE: Hypocrisy
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 4th Aug 2011 06:12 in reply to "Hypocrisy"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

So if Google had acquired the rights to these patents, that would have been OK. But when others acquired them, it’s a “hostile, organized campaign”. It’s OK for Google to undermine Microsoft’s for-pay OS licensing business by giving Android away for free, but it’s not OK for Microsoft to undermine Google’s attempts to give away for free an OS that violates patents belonging to Microsoft?

Thom argues that Google only wants to use patents defensively. But what exactly does Google need to defend against, if not actual patents Android actually violates?

How is Google’s argument here different than simply demanding that Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, et al should simply sit back and let Google do whatever it wants with Android, regardless of the patents they hold? And, let’s not forget, give Android away for free.


Dude, your comment is borderline copyright infringement. Don't copy/paste someone without giving its source (Gruber).

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RE: Hypocrisy
by Aragorn992 on Thu 4th Aug 2011 09:50 in reply to "Hypocrisy"
Aragorn992 Member since:
2007-05-27

...Thom argues that Google only wants to use patents defensively. But what exactly does Google need to defend against, if not actual patents Android actually violates?


The point regarding the problems using "questionable" patents to litigate other companies into submission is well known. Read a little. Inform yourself. Just because a company takes another to court - or worse yet, WINs in court - does not make that patent any more or less valid. This is a systematic problem with the patent system.

How is Google’s argument here different than simply demanding that Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, et al should simply sit back and let Google do whatever it wants with Android, regardless of the patents they hold? And, let’s not forget, give Android away for free.


Google is not taking these companies to court with patents (and Google has plenty of "questionable" patents it could use for this purpose). These companies are taking Google (whether it be indirectly via Samsung) to court. There is a clear aggressor here and it is not Google.

Edited 2011-08-04 09:51 UTC

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RE: Hypocrisy
by BallmerKnowsBest on Thu 4th Aug 2011 17:25 in reply to "Hypocrisy"
BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

So if Google had acquired the rights to these patents, that would have been OK. But when others acquired them, it’s a “hostile, organized campaign”. It’s OK for Google to undermine Microsoft’s for-pay OS licensing business by giving Android away for free, but it’s not OK for Microsoft to undermine Google’s attempts to give away for free an OS that violates patents belonging to Microsoft?


If nothing else, I have to give Google credit for pulling off one of the most impressive trolls in trolling history. Why, it's so epic that they've even managed to get Apple fanboys defending Microsoft!

Not that it should be any surprise, since Apple has been doing everything in their power to become the new Microsoft (by emulating the old Microsoft from the 1990s).

P.S.
If you're going to post comments defending IP trolls, you might want to avoid, ya know, out-and-out plagiarism *coughcough* http://daringfireball.net/2011/08/google_patently_absurd *coughcough*

Edited 2011-08-04 17:26 UTC

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