With Google & Microsoft, it’s a Battle of Patents

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Company patent rights have become a major issue as more competitors seek to develop new products in the area of mobile technology. One major front in this battle includes two of the largest tech companies in recent memory: Microsoft and Google.

Most recently, Google Senior Vice President David Drummond criticized Microsoft, along with other companies, referring to “a hostile, organized campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents.” Drummond’s comments were made on Google’s official blog (You can view the full post here: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/when-patents-attack-android.html).

According to Drummond, the company is doing this by acquiring patents from Nortel and Novell.

Google most recently lost out on a bid of Nortel patents to a joint effort by companies like Microsoft and Apple.

Meanwhile, it didn’t take Microsoft long to respond to the criticism. According to CNET, Frank Shaw (Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Corporate Communications) responded by revealing an email that supposedly showed that Google previously rejected Microsoft’s offer to jointly bid for the Novell patents.

Top companies have sought to expand their mobile offerings and to compete at a higher level by acquiring patents. It’s definitely not rare to see two top companies spar with each other concerning competition. However, it’s even more interesting that despite the conflicts, these companies have to work together to ensure their individual success.