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Google buys another 1,000 IBM patents

ZDNet - Google has picked up a batch of 1,023 patents from IBM, adding to its portfolio of intellectual property it can use against rivals.

On Tuesday, the US Patent and Trademark Office published its record of the transaction, which happened on 17 August. In addition, IBM sold 1,000 patents to Google in May and turned over 30 more in June, making a total of at least 2,053 transfers from IBM to Google this year.

In August, Google accused rivals such as Apple, Microsoft and Oracle of ganging up on its Android operating system, saying these competitors are using "bogus patents" to wage a "hostile, organised campaign". The company's legal chief David Drummond said at the time that Google is being forced to beef up its own patent arsenal in order to fight back.