Tuesday, April 05, 2011

BBC News - Google goes shopping for patents

tbd how much Google discounts the value due to Microsoft’s perpetual and worldwide rights to the Nortel patent portfolio

Google has admitted that it is lagging behind other industry players such as Apple and Microsoft in terms of the number of patents it holds.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office lists Google patents at 630, while Apple has over 3,800 and Microsoft has about 18,000.

"Google is a relatively young company, and although we have a growing number of patents, many of our competitors have larger portfolios given their longer histories," said Google's Mr Walker.

BBC News - Google goes shopping for patents

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