Earlier today we heard from Microsoft that they had asked Google to join them
in the bid for the patents from Nortel related to mobile technology,
the patents were purchased in the end by a consortium of companies for
$4.5 billion, and the companies included Microsoft, Apple and Oracle.
Google’s David Drummond whos is Google’s Senior Vice President and
Chief Legal Officer, has responded to Microsoft and basically accused
Microsoft of trying to divert attention from the real issue.
It’s not surprising that Microsoft would want to divert attention
by pushing a false "gotcha!” while failing to address the substance of
the issues we raised. If you think about it, it’s obvious why we turned
down Microsoft’s offer. Microsoft’s objective has been to keep from
Google and Android device-makers any patents that might be used to
defend against their attacks. A joint acquisition of the Novell patents
that gave all parties a license would have eliminated any protection
these patents could offer to Android against attacks from Microsoft and
its bidding partners. Making sure that we would be unable to assert
these patents to defend Android — and having us pay for the privilege —
must have seemed like an ingenious strategy to them. We didn’t fall for
It will be interesting to see what the outcome of all this is, Apple
and Microsoft are going after Google’s Android OS, as Apple sees it as a
threat to iOS and Microsoft sees it as a way to generate revenue.
Microsoft is charging a number of Android manufacturers license fees
for patents relating to Google’s Android OS, and it could end up
generating Microsoft a large amount of revenue per year.
Apple is suing a number of Android manufacturers, which include
Samsung and HTC for infringing patents relating to Apple’s iOS, which
don’t relate to the Nortel patents recently purchased, buy they could
possibly use these patents in the future against Android.
Source Google Blog