Google's patents are not worthless or else they would not of bought them. The patent system is royally screwed and at least Google can see that and is trying to do something. This is not a poor me I have no viable patents wah wah from Google like you put it earlier.
just because they thought they are not worthless,doesnt mean they arent. the patents are bogus.the only worthwhile ones are the FRAND variety,which they are forced to license to reasonable terms. if they had any substance,microsoft wouldnt have gotten a ITC ban on motorola devices last year,before they were forced to remove the infringing features.if google had any patents with substance,then OEMs would not be scared to decline payment to microsoft and apple for licensing fees.
googles patents were analyzed by M-CAM financial
Google is paying $12.5 billion for alleged assets that include a 17,000 patent portfolio, of which close to half appear to serve as deterrent value alone. The cost of maintaining patents of dubious quality will be an ongoing and potentially unnecessary liability to Google and its shareholders. Regrettably, close to half of the portfolio deemed "best" based on previous assertions have substantial weaknesses. Google’s patent stockpiling initiative appears to be focused entirely on deterrent value rather than on acquiring quality assets. Google shareholders may take some small solace in the adoption of a multi pronged defensive strategy, but may want to demand higher quality standards for the assets and liabilities acquired in future transactions.
The company looked at the 18 patents that Motorola Mobility had asserted against Apple, suggesting that these particular patents may be the "stars" of the bunch -- but, again, found that nine of those patents were "impaired," and were unlikely to be very strong or valuable.
In the end,all these patents ended up being tossed out.Meaning,all their patents are useless.
A judge from the International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled yesterday the Apple iPhone did not violate a patent owned by Motorola, covering a sensor that prevents accidental hang-ups. The judge ruled the patent was invalid.
Back in August, it won another squabble with Motorola, after one of the latter’s claims related to patents for 3G technology was thrown out.
heres more from last month,Feb 8
In an ongoing patent dispute between Motorola and Microsoft, Washington state federal judge James L. Robart has thrown out a total of 13 patent claims in Microsoft's favour.
The claims in question apply to just three patents that all concern encoding and decoding digital video content.
In this case, Microsoft argued that the "means for decoding" and "means for using" elements should be declared invalid and the court agreed. Judge Robart ruled that the lack of specific limitations, or "indefiniteness", rendered it invalid.