Google buys 1,023 patents from IBM to help defend itself and Android

Looks like Google is stocking up on patents to protect Android in this world of patent lawsuits that we live in. Those 17,000 patents that Google is set to acquire with the acquisition of Motorola isn’t enough. According to transfers recorded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s website, Google acquired 1,023 patents from International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), which the search giant will use to defend itself against smartphone lawsuits.

The transaction was confirmed by Jim Prosser, a Google spokesman. This is not the first time that Google buys patents from IBM. In a transaction dated July 30, Google purchased 1,030 from IBM.

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