Google gets 217 patents from IBM
Google builds patent portfolio through new deal with IBM
Google has acquired 217 patents from IBM, in a deal to bolster its patent portfolio.
The deal, first reported by the SEO by the Sea blog, based on information from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), showed that 188 patents, and 29 patents pending, were transferred from IBM to Google on 30th December last year.
Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, and neither company has commented on the transaction as yet.
The patents in the transaction include some patents relating to mobile and web phone applications, but mainly to databases.
Google has been beefing up the number of patents it holds, through similar deals to this most recent deal with IBM, and through acquisitions such as Motorola Mobility. Google has been vulnerable to patent infringement actions by competitors, particularly in the mobile phone space, where its relative lack of patents has excluded it with making deals with competitors to use each other's patents.