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Google Fights Back on Software Patents

Jan 12, 2008
Category Technology

I’m really pleased that Google has taken an aggressive position in fighting back against the Jarg search patent.  The Jarg patent is another absurd one and Google is on now on the receiving end of the same kind of patent troll (which – ironically – is being promulgated by a major university) action that has haunted Microsoft for a decade.

At some point I hope the folks at Google get motivated to really change the game here, like they have with so many things.  Google is one company that is well organized to dig up endless prior art to invalidate bogus software patents.  This has to become an organizational mission, not just the domain on the Google legal group.

In the spirit of "do no evil", if Google gets the religion that software patents are evil, some interesting things might happen.