Thursday, August 4, 2011

Google claims a "hostile campaign" by Microsoft, Oracle and Apple

The internet group Google has strongly denounced Wednesday, August 3, a "hostile campaign" against its operating system for mobile devices Android led by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and others, "through patent cans." Blog on the group's legal director, David Drummond, Google's opponents accused of "fighting a sudden procedures instead of a competition based on new features or new equipment." "A multi-function phone can cause up to 250,000 claims related patents, and our competitors want to impose a 'tax' with these dubious patents, which makes the Android devices more expensive for consumers," acknowledges yet Mr. Drummond.

As an illustration of this "campaign", Mr. Drummond recalls the recent purchase of 6,000 patents from the Canadian equipment supplier Nortel by a consortium of Apple and Microsoft, two groups fighting for their best-known for their links, but as Research in Motion, a third competitor to Google in mobile telephony, Ericsson, Sony and EMC.

Microsoft and Apple have also teamed up to buy patents from Novell, and Mr. Drummond denounced the prosecutions launched against Android device manufacturers like HTC, Motorola and Samsung. "Microsoft and Apple have always been at the throat, so when they sleep together can not help but wonder what is going on," noted Mr. Drummond.

Microsoft has not officially reacted to these remarks, but the group's legal counsel, Brad Smith, Google responded to on Twitter: "Google says that we bought patents to prevent Nortel to get them. Oh ? We had proposed them to buy them together, they refused, "he said.

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