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Google Collection of Patents Grows by 1,023 More, Thanks to IBM

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Google acquired 1,023 patents from International Business Machines (IBM) last August 17, but the fact was only made publicly known last September 13 (Tuesday) when the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) posted the records of the transaction. A Google spokesperson confirmed to Bloomberg today that the company did acquire new patents from IBM. The spokesperson, however, did not disclose other details such as the price. IBM representatives declined to comment either. Bill Slawski of SEO by the Sea blog notes that the new patents from IBM cover a broad area, including patents related to desktop and server hardware,…

Motorola Yields 18 Patents Google Can Use Against Apple

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Google’s recent purchase of Motorola Mobility was quite a shock. The buyout changes a lot of things in terms of who’s holding what and what’s going to get made. Make no mistake, Google’s acquisition is a strategic move to position itself in the marketplace and we’ll be feeling the effects of this purchase for years to come. One of the prime reasons for Google’s purchase is to protect themselves from possible litigation that targets their Android platform and throw a monkey wrench at their competitor Apple’s plans. Throughout its history, Motorola managed to amass over 17,000 patents, but all Google…

Google Gets Smart, Buys Motorola for $12.5 Billion

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We all know that the patent issue has been getting worse lately for Google. Google needed to solve this quickly before it got out of hand, and it seems they’ve just found the perfect way not only to get their hands on a huge trove of mobile patents, but to also spearhead their way into becoming a hardware company. The acquisition is not cheap -$12.5 billion is a lot of money. But I think it’s all worth it. Here are some reasons why I think so: 1) Patents Motorola is the company that practically invented the phone. It has gotten…

Behold Samsung’s “iPad” – Made in 2006

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This photo frame was launched by Samsung in 2006, and if you wouldn’t know better, you’d probably think it’s an iPad, or at least a tablet that strongly resembles it. But wait a minute. If this product came out in 2006 – does that mean it’s this product that looks like an iPad, or is it the iPad that looks like this product? Does that mean Apple copied Samsung’s innovation? Should Samsung ask for injunctions on iPads all over the world now because it has the same “look and feel” as their photo frame? Granted, they are not in the…