Feeds

Google feeds patents to HTC for assault on Apple

After Motorola gave them to Google

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Android phone manufacturer HTC has sued Apple using nine patents it bought from Google. And Google acquired four of the nine from Motorola.

As reported by Bloomberg, Google transferred the nine patents to HTC on August 29, and HTC filed suit against the Jobsian cult on Wednesday. The suit marks a turning point for Google, which has been heavily criticized for inadequately protecting Android partners against legal attack.

Apple has filed multiple patent infringement suits against HTC over Android, and though HTC has already filed its own claims against Apple in an effort to defend itself, a suit backed by Google patents sends a new message.

None of the patents used by HTC originated with Google. Two began life at Palm, and three at Openwave System. But the four from Motorola have drawn the most attention. Last month, Google agreed to acquire Motorola Mobility in a deal valued at $12.5 billion, describing the move as a way of protecting Android from patent attack. Motorola Mobility controls more than 17,000 patents.

The four patented that originated with Motorola were acquired by Google before Motorola split in two – i.e. before Google agreed to buy Mototola Mobility. One was acquired in October, two in February, and one in March.

HTC has also added five of the Google patents to a case it previously filed against Apple with the International Trade Commission. Generally, the largest tech giants are wary of actually suing each other, but with Google escalating its role in the patent wars, one has to wonder if Apple will finally move on Mountain View directly. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline
A rude awakening: North Americans greeted with outage drama
We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie
EC moves to shift status quo at Internet Governance Forum
Google has spaffed more cash on lobbying this year than Big Cable
Don't worry, it'll be cheaper when they use drones
EE fails to apologise for HUGE T-Mobile outage that hit Brits on Friday
Customer: 'Please change your name to occasionally somewhere'
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?