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Google acquires 217 more patents from IBM, beefing up portfolio for the inevitable tech Armageddon

According to an update at the USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office), Google acquired 188 granted patents and 29 pending patents from the granddaddy of things that go beep, IBM, on Dec. 31, 2011.  This is just three months after Google purchased over 1,000 patents from Big Blue back in September.  Not all these patents are for their mobile division (Google still does this little thing called search), but their are more than a few that cover things your Android phone or tablet (as well as other platforms) can do like web page rendering and VoIP.  We'll let interested parties check out the source link for a more detailed list.

No financial details have been provided, but we imagine it is far cheaper than lawyer and court fees for the upcoming patent meltdown that's sure to hit had they not purchased the patents outright.  Google seems to be preparing for the day when it all hits the fan as well as licensing and purchasing new technology to make their offerings a bit better. 

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Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

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  • You have a dead link: you should remove that %20
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  • I hate patents and the companies that have turned to patent trolling. Thanks for effing up innovation.
  • very very true- but as any company would claim- "BUT- they started it!!"
  • They don't deserve any patents for mobile, they didn't create anything! They copied from Apple and Oracle! Too bad they didn't continue copying Blackberry and have a CrackDroid born instead.
  • Yeah, like Crapple has always never copied anything from other companies. At least Google doesn't steal ideas, claim it invented them and then sue other companies. What hypocrites.
  • No they reinvent the industries! Cell phones sucked until the iPhone came out. Tablets where think 5lb objects that ran a full OS and were slow and never sold. They got the interface from Xerox and improved on it and had the first easy to use GUI based computer. Google is stealing! How is Apple able to sue someone if they have the patents for it. The inventors should have gotten the patents, must have been Apple then. What Apple usually does is take an old product reinvent it and make it popular then someone comes along and copies it.
  • should schwinn start suing all other bicycle brands because they were there first? or campbells to other canned soups? IBM for computers? look at where they are now. the list could go on and on, the point is that companies must improve their on product to be better by implementing great ideas in different ways and also creating their own great ideas. this "we thought of it first" idea is nonsense, it has always been that when great ideas are brought about that companies try to "reinvent the wheel". so I SAY- good thing caveman cant sue over their rights to fire and the wheel, or else we would spend lots of cold nights stuck in our shack!
  • You really are one big idiot. Its not like you get any money from the big payoffs apple gets. Even if you love apple and iphone you shouldn't want this whole patent dilemma. All it does is raise prices for everyone, especially iphone users. Just look at iphone prices. You should think before you speak.
  • "their are"?
  • I just heard that there patents are over their.
  • This grammar school or something?
  • People, there (derp) are grammatical/spelling errors in almost every post. Yes, it bugs the crap out of me, but it's not worth worrying about for the 10 minutes I spend on a page reading the article and comments. They go through a lot of articles. It's hard work, y'all.
  • Its a blog and comment section not a novel!