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Microsoft Answers Patent Accusations from Google, Google Fires Back

We have reported that back in Wednesday, search engine giant Google issued a statement through their official blog which criticizes Apple and Microsoft for ganging up on them with the use of patents. The post was made by Google's Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, David Drummond. In his blog post, he highlighted the purchase of Novell’s old patents by the group CPTN which includes members like Apple, Microsoft, Oracle and EMC. Drummond further adds that the use of "bogus" patents in order to hamper the competitiveness of Android is just anti-competitive.

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Since then, Microsoft's general counsel Brad Smith responded to Drummond's claim with a tweet:
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Google says we bought Novell patents to keep them from Google. Really? We asked them to bid jointly with us. They said no.

In addition to that Frank Shaw, Lead Corporate Communications for Microsoft, also made a series of tweets with regards to Google's claims:

Hello again David Drummond. This is going to take a few tweets, so here we go. Let’s look at what Google does not dispute in their reply.

  • We offered Google the opportunity to bid with us to buy the Novell patents; they said no.
  • Why? BECAUSE they wanted to buy something that they could use to assert against someone else.
  • SO partnering with others & reducing patent liability across industry is not something they wanted to help do.

Now if you are going to check back on Drummond's post, you will that it has been updated with the following entries:

It's not surprising that Microsoft would want to divert attention by pushing a false "gotcha!" while failing to address the substance of the issues we raised. If you think about it, it's obvious why we turned down Microsoft’s offer. Microsoft's objective has been to keep from Google and Android device-makers any patents that might be used to defend against their attacks. A joint acquisition of the Novell patents that gave all parties a license would have eliminated any protection these patents could offer to Android against attacks from Microsoft and its bidding partners. Making sure that we would be unable to assert these patents to defend Android — and having us pay for the privilege — must have seemed like an ingenious strategy to them. We didn't fall for it.

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Drummond further adds that the U.S. Department of Justice has already intervened with the matter and forced Microsoft to sell the patents that were purchased. According to Drummond, these series of events are only reaffirming his point that the competition are working together in this patent war in order to prevent Google from getting patents that would help balance things out.

For the past months, Google and Microsoft have been on each other's throat for several months now, and it seems that things are not about to settle down. Apple seems to be quite mum regarding the allegations of Google. One thing's for sure, we are not going to see the end of this whole mess anytime soon. [via WinRumors]

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