When it comes to tech, industrial espionage takes a backseat to courtroom patent wrangles. Google claim their Android OS has been the target of a “hostile, organized campaign” from Apple and Microsoft, who are using their sizeable patent library to block Android growth at every turn.
As a defensive move, Google have now bought 1,023 patents from IBM in order to protect the OS against legal action.
Google have spent all summer making patent acquisitions. The buyout of Motorola’s mobile hardware arm also included some 17,000 patents as part of the $12.5 billion deal, while Google have also previously acquired 1,030 patents from IBM in the past.
Neither company have been keen to reveal the specific monetary details of the deal, nor the nature of the patents traded.