Google’s good-guy patent routine questioned by authorities

The Korean Times reported late yesterday that David Drummond, Google’s chief legal officer (CLO), said that the company would continue to defend the Android ecosystem amid the rising tension in global patent disputes,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “While this is Google’s standing good-guy routine in the public, the fact is that the Department of Justice, FTC and International Telecommunication Union don’t seem to agree with them.”

“In fact an international Patent Roundtable event being held today will be highlighting Google’s practices in an attempt to find a remedy to halt damaging essential patent tactics being employed today that could harm the smartphone industry as a whole,” Purcher reports. “Apple will be in attendance at this event and didn’t release a pre-event statement.”

The New York Times reported yesterday that ‘The Justice Department, when it approved Google’s acquisition of Motorola and the consortium’s purchase of Nortel’s patents earlier this year, issued a statement praising the ‘clear commitments’ by Apple and Microsoft to license standard patents on fair terms,'” Purcher reports. “It also noted their pledge not to try to use such patents to seek court injunctions to stop shipments of rivals’ products. The Justice Department’s statement when on to state that ‘Google’s commitments were more ambiguous and do not provide the same direct confirmation of its standard-essential patent licensing policies.'”

Purcher writes, “At the end of the day, Google is caught once again playing up their ‘good guy’ routine of being the defender of innovation in the public while authorities such as the FTC, Justice Department and now International Telecommunication Union (ITU) see a much different legal stand that Google is definitely using that is anything but good for the technology sector.”

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. > The Justice Department … prais[ed] the ‘clear commitments’ by Apple and Microsoft to license standard patents on fair terms.

    Politics (and patents) make strange bedfellows. An enemy of my enemy is my friend.

  2. Google can’t sue for any innovation and so they use their FRAND patents, inherited in the Moto acquisition, to punish Apple and make them pay. This is the screwball political game Google is playing and I agree, this “good guy” image only plays well in the Android camp. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  3. In plain English ……. Google is Evil …….Google is unethical & should NEVER be trusted. To add insult to injury; Bank of America is on board with an Android App. Good Grief. The SYSTEM is truely broken. Just cut another check Google and we can make this go away too. Business as usual. What a Joke the United States has become.

        1. I didn’t quote it idiot, I merely provided a link to some historical time where the republikkkans actually embraced hitler’s ideas of propoganda – can’t you read??? Karl Robve has made that the cornerstone of his Bush Cheney coaching that has destroyed the facbric of our society. In true to the doctrine fashion, you of course take offense because you probably embrace and support this type of MO . This is exactly what Google is doing – lying the big lie, this is exactly what Romeney did for 90 minutes in front of the whole country and world – LIED THE BIG LIE for 90 whole minutes, this is exactly what Samsung did – Lied The Big Lie and they gt called for it by the entire jury, fast, this is exactly how Bush and Cheney lied to the country and emptied it’ coffers while linng their cronies’ .

          Yes j. Eric the big lie has been adopted and proven to work by the dark people who don’t realize that by Lying th big Lie, they actually offend decent folk who they consider so dumb that they can get away with it. Microsoft did for a lonng time till they got old and the new generation saw the smoke.

          Sooner or later, the big lie will get you – you can run but you can’t hide, Apple doesn’t lie and the american people are not that stupid. Get it?

      1. Wow, just wow. That’s a lot of hate there Mister!
        An interesting segue from Samsung to hitler though.
        The only thing factual about your comment is that Carl rove is pondnscum.

          1. No, not affiliated.

            Your cookware analogy rings like aluminum. No hate in my tone,

            To equate baseline U.S. politics with Der Fuhrer’s struggle for total European dominance is nonsense at least and reckless at most. (Notice I don’t single out Dems or the GOP as they both use the same antics)

            Plus I complimented you too.
            …and we shared the same opinion of Rove.

            Then, you insult my username. Wow.

            Hate… Hate is your mode. Sorry to break it to you.

            1. Okay, right. I rest my case.

              – so your purpose for trolling MDN is to be a Champion against negative propaganda, by spreading more negative propaganda? I think the central topic on MDN is Apple and Macintosh! Better rethink your purpose here.

    1. Bank of America is supporting the major platforms their customers use including the iphone and ipad.

      I don’t see why BOA or any business should be involved in the politics of the industry. They just need to support the systems their customers use which is what they are doing.

  4. In an honorable Democracy the wheels of Justice turn very very slowly but they do turn. If there is any truth, honor, morality and Justice left in this country google will be revealed as the crooks they really are and be punished accordingly.

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