Google wants to keep patents away from patent trolls with new 'Patent Purchase Promotion'

With company dynamics constantly changing, often times companies find themselves in possession of patents that they no longer need. Selling a patent, especially for smaller companies, can be a difficult task, and Google looks to make that easier with an experimental Patent Purchase Promotion. In an effort to keep these patents out of the hands of "patent trolls", Google is asking people to submit their patents, along with an asking price, and Google will decide if they wish to purchase or not.

Unfortunately, the usual patent marketplace can sometimes be challenging, especially for smaller participants who sometimes end up working with patent trolls. Then bad things happen, like lawsuits, lots of wasted effort, and generally bad karma. Rarely does this provide any meaningful benefit to the original patent owner.

The experimental promotion runs from May 8, 2015 through May 22, 2015, and then Google will evaluate the submissions. After reviewing the submissions Google will make contact by June 26, 2015 to those whom they wish to purchase from, and move forward with the sale.

Source: Google Public Policy

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30 Comments
  • Then what safeguards will Google put in place so that they themselves won't become patent trolls? It seems something is missing in this article. Posted via the Android Central App
  • To be fair google has more or less said that they will only use patents to defend themselves rather than to litigate out competition. I trust them more than I trust proven patent trolls.
  • I appreciate your feedback. Yes, I agree that this is likely true. However, my real point was that the article didn't mention this, and so seemed incomplete. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Cough Apple cough cough Posted via the Android Central App
  • I would assume any safeguards would be listed in the purchasing agreement between the seller and Google. Why would they have to be listed in the article? If you have a patent you would like to try to sell go through the process - you could always turn down their offer is the safeguards you would like are not present. Or like any contractual agreement you could try to add a "not to be used for patent aggression". Why try to make this seem like it is negative, it's very positive. Posted via Android Central App
  • The reason this should be pointed out in the article is because the article is supposed to be informational. I think it's called journalism. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If we get into the small details, a "patent troll" is a company that makes nothing, innovates nothing and sues over patents they have acquired. This makes it close to impossible for Apple, Google, Microsoft etc. to be "patent trolls". Sure they can abuse their patents and this do happen from time to time. And sure, AndroidCentral could give Google a ring up and ask what their plans for this program is. Or use secret informants to leak documents on Google's plans. I did however not feel that this was such an article.
  • Thats just a technicality. Suing over patents you didn't create, just bought, is just as bad. Oracle? A minor technicality away from being a troll.
  • Oracle just sues out of spite, and missing the boat on a lot in technology.
  • From their FAQ, that looks like a good deal:
    If Google ends up buying my patent, can I still practice the invention?
    Answer: Yes. As part of our Patent Acquisition Agreement (see section 4.4), sellers will
    retain a license back to their patent. For you lawyers out there, the license is “irrevocable,
    non­exclusive, non­transferable, non­assignable (including by operation of law or otherwise),
    non­sublicensable, worldwide, [and] fully paid­up.”
  • Riiiight.. Why sell to a Patent Troll when you can sell to Google? In other news, Google in anti-trust case..
  • Riiiiiiiggggghhhtt. Google forces manufacturers, who use the software that google creates and maintains FOR FREE, to include it's services with the devices. (Once again, they give those services FOR FREE). And the end user can choose whether or not to use them. If they don't like it, they should just create their own OS. The EU is pathetic and so are you. Or maybe you're just uneducated. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not really free actually, they have to agree to the Android licence terms if they want to use Google services, which also limits their other revenue options. I guess you didnt realise that. All besides the point, that has NOTHING to do with this article. The point, if you missed it, is that Google aren't 100% clean, even if you don't agree with the EU anti-trust, you cant deny they do some dodgy stuff with regard to search and the Android License. That is why i'm giving this the side-eye,
  • EU is desperate as their great experiment is failing as EU does not provide high end tech exports like Asian or North American economic blocks. In other words, EU = butthurt Posted via the Android Central App
  • So much wrong. Posted via Android Central App
  • Just assumed they never got their kick backs from Google, like they do from a low lying rotten fruit company that is more than likely responsible for this, along with a shattered shard of a window company too
  • Google can buy any patents from anyone at anytime just as any other business or person. Seems you read "patent trolls" as Apple, MS, etc. I read it as a program aimed at the real "patent trolls" that air on late night infomercials like inventhelp and other happytohelpstealyourideas.com.
  • No i didn't actually. Its the tone of the article. Google to save the day again!! Well no, it depends what they want to use the patents for, and its pretty obvious they will chose the ones they can benefit from. Why are they not going to troll with them?
  • Hmm Peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
  • +1 Exactly what I thought when reading it lol
  • How will Google be any different than a patent troll? They will sit on the patents while not using them. Then if someone decides to do something that infringes will Google just give up the patent? I am not sure why people so blindly trust Google.
  • You're missing what patent trolls do. Posted via Android Central App
  • Trolling isnt just sitting on patents and suing without using, its also buying, using AND suing, especially if you had that intent from the start.
  • Wrong. Lookup NPEs.
  • You call it whatever you like, the effect is exactly the same. Google have turned evil, they are almost as bad as MS and Apple at this point. Patent BS is the next step down the road.
  • While i certainly don't blindly trust Google and wouldn't be very surprised if they did start trolling (although I suspect they won't, simply because it's bad for business). There is a world of difference between simply giving up a patent and allowing a company to use it in a FRAND type of way. Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Not in character for them. They could stop all iPhone sales if they wanted by taking Apple to court over the patent they have on the notification shade in Android, but they don't. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Fix your patent system, 'murica. Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • *This* is the real solution.  But at least I would trust Google holding onto these more than a company like IP Ventures.
  • U kno, a career in patent trolling might b quite promising.... Posted via the Android Central App