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Google strengthens Android defense with 1,023 IBM patents

By Shawn Knight
Sep 15, 2011
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  1. Google has obtained 1,023 patents from IBM in an effort to further protect their Android platform from potential lawsuits waged by rival smartphone OS providers. The transfer was recorded on…

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  2. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Guru Posts: 593   +47

    Bummer, they were one short of 1,024. That would have been cool in a nerdy sort of way.
     
  3. SammyJames

    SammyJames TS Enthusiast Posts: 168

    Yeah -- you're right! It's ALMOST like a googol of patents... I mean a Google of patents... I mean...

    You know what I mean.
     
  4. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    nice :)
    I guess its he who has the most patents wins (and then monopolize the market)
     
  5. kahping

    kahping TS Rookie

    Computers start counting from 0 so 1023 (in binary) == 1024 (decimal)?
     
  6. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Guru Posts: 593   +47

    Well, 1023 in binary is 1111111111, but you're right that computers would count indices 0-1023 for a total of 1024 indices. Unfortunately, you can't count patents that way.
     
  7. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    This patent arms race is getting ridiculous. There needs to be some serious reform in the existing patent laws.
     
  8. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,457   +228

    @ fpsgamerJR62. A major overhaul of US patent laws was just signed yesterday, Friday.
     


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