Google has confirmed it snapped a bunch of IBM copyrights, in a move that is considered to be self-protective against the increasing quantity of IP-based lawsuits. The 1,030 copyrights acquired cover a broad range of technologies, SEO by the Sea rumors, including memory and microprocessor chip fabrication/architecture, server and router plan, and software programming like relational databases, object oriented programming and more.
The spokesperson of Google said, though refused to expose the financial details of the agreement with IBM, “Like many tech companies, at times we’ll acquire patents that are relevant to our business.”
The choice is in contrast to comments by Larry Page, Google CEO, earlier this month, where the chief executive refused that the Android copyright status was serious, and argued that instead of getting IP, the company would focus on developing its own technologies. “We’re really committed to Android,” Page suggested, “[but] we will support it in a cost-effective manner.”
What falls under the banner of “cost-effective” is uncertain, even though it seems likely that Page was referring to the huge $4.5bn a consortium counting in Microsoft and Apple jointly paid recenttly for a cache of Nortel copyrights, keeping ownership away from Google. Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google, in the meantime, sent away lawsuits by competitions as proof of jealousy and a shortfall in innovation.
Next in the Google sights is considered to be InterDigital, an R&D firm that develops, patents and licenses wireless technologies. The company filed a copyright violation suit against Nokia, ZTE, and Huawei earlier this week.