Verizon Strikes Patent Deal with Google to Avoid the Trolls

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  1. dgstorm

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    I know it sounds like it, but we assure you that headline above is not some sort of late April Fool's joke. Big Red just signed a deal with Google to license a number of their patents. The main goal isn't just to use the technology, but is also to help create a system that pushes patent trolls out of the way. By licensing a number of software patents from Google, Verizon will be able to avoid some of the patent troll companies which do not ever produce a product of any kind.

    Both companies have been advocates of reforming the patent system so that patent trolling can be eliminated. Here's a quote with Verizon's statement,

    It will be interesting to see if Congress actually ever makes any changes to the patent system, but it appears that in the interim, some companies are teaming up to handle things together on their own.

    Source: VZW
     
  2. Ollie

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    What sort of Google patents does Verizon need to protect themselves?
     
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    That was my immediate reaction...aside from implementation of actually making calls and sending texts. I think this is more symbolic than anything else.
     
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