Novell Stories August 4, 2011

Update: As expected, outspoken Microsoft Corporate Vice President Frank X. Shaw has responded to Drummond’s response from earlier today. There isn’t much to learn here, but Shaw’s tweets pretty much speak for themselves and Microsoft’s stance on the issue. We’re bound to hear more from Google execs on the issue, stay tuned for the latest. Shaw’s tweets after the break, if you’re interested.

Google Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond has taken to the official Google blog once again to respond to Microsoft’s Brad Smith’s claims Google backed out of the opportunity to jointly bid for Novell patents.

Drummond writes:

“A joint acquisition of the Novell patents that gave all parties a license would have eliminated any protection these patents could offer to Android against attacks from Microsoft and its bidding partners”

Drummond points out the U.S. Department of Justice has now intervened, forcing Apple and Microsoft to provide an open-source license in order to “protect competition and innovation in the open source software community.”

Its clear Google doesn’t want to pay for patents that aren’t going to help them defend Android from competitors in the future. A joint bid would have essentially forced them to do so, which is the reason they claim “competitors are waging a patent war on Android”. expand full story

With Google execs stepping out of character to share their frustrations with Microsoft and Apple “banding” together to acquire patents, it seems at least a few execs in Redmond are determined to set the record straight, and for good reason given the fact the company is slated to earn more off Android than their own Windows Phones, according to analyst Horace Dediu.

In response to the open letter from Google’s Vice President and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond accusing Microsoft and Apple of “banding” together to acquire mobile device related patents, Microsoft’ general counsel Brad Smith posted the following via his Twitter account this morning:

“Google says we bought Novell patents to keep them from Google. Really? We asked them to bid jointly with us. They said no.”

Microsoft surely doesn’t want to tarnish their relationship with Google, with Android-based HTC phones bringing in three times as much profit in the second quarter in comparison to their own Windows Phone devices. It makes you wonder why Microsoft is spending billions developing and bringing Windows Phone handsets to market when Android devices are clearly their bread and butter in the mobile space. expand full story

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