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Google is in the middle of their Q3 earnings call, where they have announced that they are doing very well. During the Q&A, someone asked about the patent issues currently going on and what Google is going to do about them.

Larry Page, CEO, had a few things to say regarding the patent issues:

  • "We see our partners and our ecosystem growing hugely. Ultimately other companies actions will alienate their customers."
  • "We're serious about protecting the Android ecosystem."

Another question later on was pointed directly at Microsoft and the licensing deals they have been reaching with companies such as Samsung. Here is what he said:

  • "Rather than seeing Microsoft compete in the marketplace with their own phones, they continue resorting to legal measures to hassle their own customers. We haven’t seen the details of those agreements and I assume our partners are making good deals for themselves. We see Android growing Gangbusters and we don’t see anything that will stop that."

So, Android is growing remarkably well and he doesn't see Microsoft or any other company slowing that growth down any time in the near future.

Source: Google

 

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Larry Page: "We're serious about protecting the Android ecosystem."

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First .. unless I type to slow. But as far as I can see Google is holding strong but i get the feeling they got a bag of tricks that is yet to be seen. I'm excited

I love how pretentious Page is regarding Microsoft. His company is infringing Microsoft IP. Get the hell over it. I genuinely can't wait for the day for Apple or Microsoft to challenge Google directly instead of their partners.

Then why don't you tell us what ip of Microsoft's it is that android is infringing on? You claim to be the expert here so maybe you have an answer.

I WISH Microsoft would challenge their claims against the Linux kernel against one of the major players.  They would be torn apart (which is why they have been crying, yet not doing it since 1998).

Read this story on Forbes about IBM and Sun Microsystems back in the day, and then rethink your comment:
http://www.forbes.com/asap/2002/0624/044.html

It's eerily prescient of what Microsoft is doing today with Android OEMs:

"Confidently, we proclaimed our conclusion: Only one of the seven IBM patents would be deemed valid by a court, and no rational court would find that Sun's technology infringed even that one.

An awkward silence ensued. The blue suits did not even confer among themselves. They just sat there, stonelike. Finally, the chief suit responded. "OK," he said, "maybe you don't infringe these seven patents. But we have 10,000 U.S. patents. Do you really want us to go back to Armonk [IBM headquarters in New York] and find seven patents you do infringe? Or do you want to make this easy and just pay us $20 million?"

After a modest bit of negotiation, Sun cut IBM a check, and the blue suits went to the next company on their hit list"

Why hasn't Microsoft sued Google directly over the patents that are being infringed?

Why hasn't Microsoft announced which specific patents are being infringed or licensed when they make these agreements with OEMs?

The reason: Microsoft, much like IBM did with Sun Microsystems, is likely going to the different OEMs and shaking their big bag of patents, and threatening litigation unless they sign a broad licensing agreement without specifying which patents are actually being infringed. Then they are making a big stink in the press that they've "signed agreements" with the OEMs to make it look like Android is infringing on all sorts of Microsoft IP and that the OEMs had to do this to protect themselves from infringement. It is easier to "cut a check" for these companies then to spend years and millions in the courtroom fighting over bogus patents, and as much as we are outraged that this is extortion - to Microsoft it is just business.

Here is where Microsoft is playing this all wrong - those very same companies they are browbeating are the ones they are trying to peddle their Windows Phone software on - like Larry says, their customers. They may be getting these cross licensing agreements, but I dont think you'll see too many jilted OEMs jumping on the Windows Phone bandwagon anytime soon.

I think MS is stupid to sue their manufacturing partners. But both HTC and Samsung have said they will continue to make Windows Phones. Maybe MS shook their 'big bag of bribery cash' at them after their extortion play.

Now that Google owns some patents, I see know reason why they don't multiply times every partner that has the means to counter sue.

I see no reason why Google can't play patent scorched earth the same way they have played open source scorched earth. Apple and Microsoft should have checked their egos and quit while they were ahead.

Apple and Microsoft are the last companies you need to worry about innovation they gave that up years ago. They are stuck in the courtroom which as time moves forward google will KICK there rear ends there too. Android rules that will always be..

Apple and Microsoft are the last companies you need to worry about innovation they gave that up years ago. They are stuck in the courtroom which as time moves forward google will KICK there rear ends there too. Android rules that will always be..

Apple and Microsoft are the last companies you need to worry about innovation they gave that up years ago. They are stuck in the courtroom which as time moves forward google will KICK there rear ends there too. Android rules that will always be..

Apple and Microsoft are the last companies you need to worry about innovation they gave that up years ago. They are stuck in the courtroom which as time moves forward google will KICK there rear ends there too. Android rules that will always be..

Hmm.....Let's see

Google Streetview
Self-Driving Car
Voip Services (Google Talk) integrated not only with mobile phone, but also e-mail.

Then there is of course the numerous innovations pertaining to their search engine

Not to mention pushing fiber optic internet infrastructure and paying to set it up in certain towns.

Aurel, The same patents MS says Linux infringes upon since Android is Linux. They.ve been after Linux for awhile now....
What these patents are? Noone knows forsure since MS wont release those details to the public because it would make their claims that much easier to prove false. Shhhhh.... lmao

Google has some bombs up its sleeve that we do not know about! That's why Larry can say the things he says! Like he said Google ain't going no where no time soon!

I hope Larry has something to back up his talk. As an Android fan, I've found Google's defence of Android sorely lacking. Every story you hear is about how an Android OEM is signing a licensing deal with MS or is losing in court to Apple. If this keeps up, Android will suffer immensely, sooner or later.