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Microsoft and Google Continue to Butt Heads

August 5, 2011 No Comments

Google waged an all out war against Microsoft when David Drummond, Google’s Chief Legal Officer and Senior VP, made claims that Microsoft joined forces with Apple and other companies to purchase patents from Novell in order to work against Google.

Microsoft employees fired back at Drummond that Google was in fact asked to join in on purchasing the Patents but declined. One Microsoft employee, Frank Shaw, Microsoft Head of Communications even went so far as to attach an email correspondence between Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith and a General Counsel at Google in which it is abundantly clear that Google decided not to participate in the purchase of the patents.

Being made to look like a fool apparently didn’t go over well with Drummond because he updated his original blog post:

It’s not surprising that Microsoft would want to divert attention by pushing a false “gotcha!” while failing to address the substance of the issues we raised. If you think about it, it’s obvious why we turned down Microsoft’s offer. Microsoft’s objective has been to keep from Google and Android device-makers any patents that might be used to defend against their attacks. A joint acquisition of the Novell patents that gave all parties a license would have eliminated any protection these patents could offer to Android against attacks from Microsoft and its bidding partners. Making sure that we would be unable to assert these patents to defend Android — and having us pay for the privilege — must have
seemed like an ingenious strategy to them. We didn’t fall for it.

Ultimately, the U.S. Department of Justice intervened, forcing
Microsoft to sell the patents it bought and demanding that the winning group (Microsoft, Oracle, Apple, EMC) give a license to the open-source community, changes the DoJ said were “necessary to protect competition and innovation in the open source software community.”This only reaffirms our point: Our competitors are waging a patent war on Android and working together to keep us from getting patents that would help balance the scales.

As we know Microsoft employees are not sitting idly by while Drummond trashes Microsoft. Frank Shaw, once again responded:

Maybe I’m simple minded, but had they simply opted into the deal then they would not have been left feeling as though the other companies are working together against Google. Seems to me that Google themselves created that monster.

Source: Winrumors


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