Google Goes On The Offensive In Oracle Fight

Larry Page

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Google just picked up a bunch of patents from IBM to help it fight a multibillion dollar lawsuit from Oracle.At the end of 2011, the US Patent Office recorded that Google bought more than 200 patents from IBM, as first noticed by blog SEO By The Sea. It’s the third deal between the two companies in the last year, accounting for more than 2,000 patents.

But the latest batch is particularly interesting because the bulk of them have nothing to do with the mobile business, but instead relate to database technology — Oracle’s core business.

Like #5937406, “File System Interface To A Database.” Or #7117385, “Method and Apparatus for Recovery of Partitions in a Logical Partitioned Data Processing System.” In all, the word “data” appears more than 40 times in the filings. The word “mobile”, only six times.

Oracle sued Google for copyright infringement over Android last year, and is seeking damages of several billion dollars, which is more than Android has earned for Google in its entire lifetime. Now Google is getting a little more offensive in its fight back.

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