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July 29 (Bloomberg) -- Google Inc., facing a growing threat of intellectual-property lawsuits, acquired a batch of patents this month from International Business Machines Corp. to bolster its portfolio.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on July 11 and 12 recorded more than 1,000 patents assigned to Mountain View, California-based Google by IBM. They cover a range of topics including microprocessing chips, regional databases and memory fabrication and architecture, said Bill Slawski, president of SEO by the Sea Inc., a Warrenton, Virginia-based research firm specializing in search-engine optimization.
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Patent all the things!
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“The tech industry has a significant problem,†Google General Counsel Kent Walker said in an interview earlier this week. “Software patents are kind of gumming up the works of innovation.â€
i very much have to agree with this guy, even though Google is trying to fight fire with fire...this whole tech patent thing is just getting ridiculous...i'm not intelligent enough to figure out how to create an effective solution, but i think it's safe to say something has to be done about it, in the near future...
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Reminds me of Apple patenting the word "app " itself; scary how many patents there are on such generic words.
    
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*grabs popcorn and RSS feed*
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The Patent Wars arms race begins! May the one with the most patents win.
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The Patent Wars arms race begins! May the one with the most patents win.
i mean, that's really what's happening...people are grabbing up patents like commercial industries, it's really pathetic because i totally think that innovation will be severely hampered due to massive litigation suits based upon half-assed patents that are so ambiguous they can relate to a massive variety of inventions/tech
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They can justify their statements/actions by making these technologies available to all (at no cost).
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The Patent Wars arms race begins! May the one with the most patents win.
That's exactly what's happening. They're just building a portfolio of copious amounts of patents for crap they'll probably never use, merely as a means of saying "if you sue me, I can sue you back". Patents are the arms, and it's the corporate cold war.....fundamentally there's really not much more to it.
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Reminds me of Apple patenting the word "app " itself; scary how many patents there are on such generic words.
The "app" issue with Amazon is a trademark one, not patent. Apple Doesn't have the trademark for "app store" either, they were implying that Amazon's use of it somehow violates something in relation to their app store.
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