"... one of a company’s best defenses against this kind of litigation is (ironically) to have a formidable patent portfolio, as this helps maintain your freedom to develop new products and services. Google is a relatively young company, and although we have a growing number of patents, many of our competitors have larger portfolios given their longer histories.
So after a lot of thought, we’ve decided to bid for Nortel’s patent portfolio in the company’s bankruptcy auction. Today, Nortel selected our bid as the “stalking-horse bid," which is the starting point against which others will bid prior to the auction. If successful, we hope this portfolio will not only create a disincentive for others to sue Google, but also help us, our partners and the open source community—which is integrally involved in projects like Android and Chrome—continue to innovate. In the absence of meaningful reform, we believe it's the best long-term solution for Google, our users and our partners."
“The joint action plan highlights that while 21st century patent challenges are global in scope, so too are their solutions. Work sharing is a powerful tool that equips examiners to extract value from our skilled colleagues in other patent offices. By reducing redundant workloads and chipping away at the backlog, we can collaborate to unleash millions of jobs lying in wait and breathe life into our economies.”
The action plan is designed to allow an examiner in one office the ability to reuse work already done by an examiner in the other office on a corresponding applications, as much as possible to avoid duplication of work.
Kappos was also interviewed by The American Lawyer recently regarding the recent patent reforms (read interview here) and the America Invents Act (see recent AmeriKat posts here). When asked whether he thought it was that the House would pass a similar bill, Kappos replied:
I am off-the-charts optimistic.The AmeriKat loves the enthusiasm.