Google disenchanted with patenting world

8 08 2011

After my previous post regarding the proposed acquisition of Nortel patents by Google, it seems that their bid was largely unsuccessful. This has clearly left Google feeling bitter and disenchanted with the patenting world  and they are now alleging that Microsoft and Apple are only acquiring technology patents in a bid to stem the advent of the Android phone (full article here). In my view, that seems a bit rich coming from the company who had it not been unsuccessful in its attempt would have right now been using the Nortel technology patents for the exact same purpose: to stem the technology developments of its rivals…… could this be a case of the pot calling the kettle black? I certainly think so…….. 

This brings me to an interesting point: is this where the world of technology patents is moving to? Of course, the scale of magnitude of this patent war can never be rivalled in a country such as South Africa…….However it would still seem wise for technology companies to acquire as many patents of their own as they possibly can…….if consistent development and innovation is a key to the success of a technology company then Google’s position is not  a good one to be in: stunted by its competitors… (and clearly very embittered as a result of it……)

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Post-Nortel: tech giants discover the value of patents

23 07 2011

With the sale of the Nortel patent portfolio reaching billions of dollars (see previous post) big role players in the technology industry are apparently beginning to appreciate the value that can be derived from protecting their IP…..read more about it here……

It is interesting to note that the previous harsh critcism voiced against the software patenting concept and the patenting system by some of the big role players in the industry may have been nothing more than a  cover-up for their own shortcomings in this area…. The value of the software patent (over conventional forms of protection copyright) is also discussed… I think the author Nathan Myhrvold is a voice of reason in a sea of oblivion with this one and the tech companies that are now scrambling to get their ideas protected are starting to listen in at the right wavelength…..