October 20, 2014

Google: Microsoft, Oracle, Apple Mounting a "Hostile Campaign" Against Android

Google Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, David Drummond, has taken to the official Google blog to shed light on the recent patent war that’s been unfolding over the last few months.  As he puts it, “Android is on fire” and because of that, a number of competitors (Microsoft, Oracle, Apple, etc) are doing whatever they can to mount a “hostile, organized campaign” against the platform.

Among other details in the blog post Drummond cites the fact that companies who have absolutely nothing to do with Android are receiving up to $15 per handset.  However, Google believes that justice will ultimately prevail.  He points to Microsoft  and Apple’s recent acquisition of Nortel’s patent portfolio, and says that this is almost five times larger than its pre-auction estimate of $1 billion.  According to Google, buying a bunch of patents strictly to get in your enemies way will not work out.

We’re not naive; technology is a tough and ever-changing industry and we work very hard to stay focused on our own business and make better products. But in this instance we thought it was important to speak out and make it clear that we’re determined to preserve Android as a competitive choice for consumers, by stopping those who are trying to strangle it.

I, for one, think it’s fantastic that Google (David Drummond) has the guts to step up and call these companies out.  The way I look at it, they’re just shining a bright light on the situation that everyone else can already see.

Read the entire post, When Patents Attack Android