Google granted patent for its “Cloud OS”

Before Chrome OS there was the “Cloud OS”, or better still a “Network based operating system” that can be downloaded on the device’s internal storage from the net. The United States Patents and Trademark Office just granted the network OS patent to Google, more than three years after the company filed its request.

The patent clearly describes what Mountain View has already marketed as Chrome OS, the tiny client-based operating system that hasn’t really been a big deal thus far as for sales and popularity.

Google wanted to provide a system to deliver “an operating system over a network to a local device”, a mean for “receiving a request for an operating system”, “transmitting to a local device remotely stored base and preferences images that are configured for combination into a combined image” and “synchronizing the combined image with a cached version of an operating system on the local device”.

The patent summarizes the principles on which Google built Chrome OS, a system designed to work on-line only with no need for a local storage disk/solution, check and restore itself over the Internet in case of unwanted tinkering from bad guys and “save” all the users’ data over “the cloud” (Google’s server).

Google is pushing for a cloud OS for numerous reasons but as of yet, it has not made big waves in the consumer industry. 


Source: USPTO patent

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Tyler R. said,
What about all the other cloud OS's like JoliCloud, etc. Will they just become a patent flame war?

Hopefully not. We shall see.

Tyler R. said,
What about all the other cloud OS's like JoliCloud, etc. Will they just become a patent flame war?

The patent isn't for "A computer operating system hosted on cloud server infrastructure", something like that would be an abstract, and are not the legal part of the patent. You'll need to look at the "Claims" section first, that is where the patent is described, in detail, and where the courts actually rule on when it comes to patent disputes

Tyler R. said,
What about all the other cloud OS's like JoliCloud, etc. Will they just become a patent flame war?

Google isn't really oppressive when it comes to patents so its unlikely, some exceptions though like the Motorola Xbox ban thing.

Tyler R. said,
What about all the other cloud OS's like JoliCloud, etc. Will they just become a patent flame war?

Jolicloud's OS is just Ubuntu with a different shell. Or rather it was when I last used it, and if you ignore that...it's just a website. Not a whole OS.

thealexweb said,

Google isn't really oppressive when it comes to patents so its unlikely, some exceptions though like the Motorola Xbox ban thing.


Motorola is probably not the best example when it comes to Google and patents; Google has bought Motorola for their patents and will likely now proceed to slowly shut down the company.
They've started yesterday by cutting 20% of the workers from Motorola and "close down or consolidate about one-third of its 90 facilities," and it's probably only a beginning.

thealexweb said,

Google isn't really oppressive when it comes to patents so its unlikely, some exceptions though like the Motorola Xbox ban thing.


Motorola is probably not the best example when it comes to Google and patents; Google has bought Motorola for their patents and will likely now proceed to slowly shut down the company.
They've started yesterday by cutting 20% of the workers from Motorola and "close down or consolidate about one-third of its 90 facilities," and it's probably only a beginning.

a0me said,

Motorola is probably not the best example when it comes to Google and patents; Google has bought Motorola for their patents and will likely now proceed to slowly shut down the company.
They've started yesterday by cutting 20% of the workers from Motorola and "close down or consolidate about one-third of its 90 facilities," and it's probably only a beginning.

So

thealexweb said,

So


So they're buying companies left and right to acquire thousands of patents in different field.
Do you think Google is just gonna sit on them?

a0me said,

So they're buying companies left and right to acquire thousands of patents in different field.
Do you think Google is just gonna sit on them?

Well yes, Google hasn't been marching up to companies demanding they license the 1000's of patents Google bought from IBM, unless really pushed Google will only use them for defence.

a0me said,

So they're buying companies left and right to acquire thousands of patents in different field.
Do you think Google is just gonna sit on them?

Well yes, Google hasn't been marching up to companies demanding they license the 1000's of patents Google bought from IBM, unless really pushed Google will only use them for defence.

thealexweb said,

Well yes, Google hasn't been marching up to companies demanding they license the 1000's of patents Google bought from IBM, unless really pushed Google will only use them for defence.


Ah nice one! Thanks for the laughs.