As reported by Mashable , Google recently acquired 217 patents from IBM. The
patent acquisition might look developmental, but just as likely, it's a
defensive move intended to build up its patent warheads in defense of trolls or
other IP giants (e.g., Apple).
Time to drag out some
I'm developing a
phobia of patents. Like germs, they're everywhere and often impossible to identify.
Take the Apple Store for instance. The products carry a microbial layer of
patent security, and unless you're a patent attorney or an inventor, that's very
hard to visualize.