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Google has accused a group headed by Apple, Microsoft and other technology giants of colluding to “strangle” Android smartphones by banding together to buy patents for smartphones and mobile networks.
Drummond said that most patent claims were questionable. “A smartphone might involve as many as 250,000 (largely questionable) patent claims, and our competitors want to impose a ‘tax’ for these dubious patents that makes Android devices more expensive for consumers,” Drummond wrote. “They want to make it harder for manufacturers to sell Android devices.”
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After Google’s legal head David Drummond let forth with a blog post about how Microsoft and Apple had formed an evil patent cabal against the search giant, the software giant’s PR head Frank Shaw was not having any of it.
In his post, Drummond had claimed the pair ganged up on Google and had not offered to partner over key former Novell patents, in an attempt to stop the growth of its Android mobile operating system.
Except not, according to an email that Shaw posted on Twitter from Google’s legal counsel Kent Walker to Microsoft’s legal head Brad Smith.
Tweeted Shaw: “Free advice for David Drummond – next time check with Kent Walker before you blog. :)”