IBM: Google's best patent pal?

Summary:IBM was awarded 5,896 patents just in 2010 and the company is an intellectual property factory. These patents could wind up being a partial cure to Google's ongoing intellectual product headaches

IBM was awarded 5,896 patents just in 2010 and the company is an intellectual property factory. These patents could wind up being a partial cure to Google's ongoing intellectual product headaches.

Bloomberg and others are reporting that Google has acquired 1,030 patents from IBM across a wide range of sectors. These various reports are following a find by a blog called SEO by the Sea.

It's widely known that IBM is a patent machine and is happy to license its intellectual property. While it's unclear how many wireless patents IBM has---we're told a lot. IBM may not be able to cure Google's patent woes, but it can certainly be like a pharmacy and dispense a few deals to ease the lawsuit pain.

Simply put, IBM has just enough patents to give Google some ammunition to fend off lawsuits. With the Nortel patent deal falling apart for Google, the search giant needs a few patent pals. IBM is that pal.

With IBM, Google can buy enough patents to put the lawsuit genie back in the bottle---at least somewhat.

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Topics: Legal, Google, IBM

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Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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