Reading through this article on Google’s blog, I have to laugh at their title reference to the NPR bit that aired last week. They’re talking about patents related to Android, of course. That, the nation’s heat wave, and the embarrassment that is our nation’s inability to balance a budget is all there is to talk about, really.
Here’s the quote that gets me:
They’re doing this by banding together to acquire Novell’s old patents (the “CPTN” group including Microsoft and Apple) and Nortel’s old patents (the “Rockstar” group including Microsoft and Apple), to make sure Google didn’t get them.
Google, if you were my friend’s boyfriend I’d label you a playah and tell her to dump you like a sack of concrete. You have money and could have won that bid if you’d wanted to. You chose to let those patents go and now expect us to believe that you’re mad about it? Please.
And I don’t think I buy this either:
Instead of competing by building new features or devices, they are fighting through litigation.
So, wait. Apple doesn’t build new features or devices? I may have been born at night but it wasn’t last night. Not buying it. Ditto Microsoft. They may not be “Charlie Sheen Winning” at their new features and devices, but they are not foregoing all innovation in favor of litigation. That’s just cooky-talk.
No, I think Google is trying to illustrate absurdity by being absurd. I see what you’re saying and I think that ultimately, the system can’t continue to function as it is: you’re 100% right about that. But lets don’t go spouting off a bunch of nonsense in your blog that no one really believes. Just come out and say “The patent system is broken and we don’t like it.” Then come up with viable solutions instead of whining that someone beat you out on the Nortel patents and people are litigating instead of innovating. Those things make you look stupid.