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Google snaps up 1,023 more patents from IBM

News by Dan Seifert on Thursday September 15, 2011.

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Thanks to a record in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, it has been revealed that Google purchased another 1,023 patents from IBM last month. These are in addition to the 1,030 patents that Google already purchased from Big Blue back in July.

The patents that were most recently acquired relate to Java, networking, wireless phones, and search. Google did confirm the transaction, but did not reveal any financial details about it.

Google has been quite active with its patent acquisitions this summer, between the IBM transactions and its planned purchase of Motorola Mobility. The Motorola buy gets Google more than 17,000 patents related to mobile phone technologies. It is not yet known what Google plans to do with the IBM patents, and whether they were just purchased to defend its existing products, such as Android, or to innovate with new products. [SEO By the Sea via Bloomberg]

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