Oh Google, what have you done, don't you know that People who live in glass houses (shouldn't throw stones).
tweeted out in response.“Google says we bought Novell patents to keep them from Google. Really? We asked them to bid jointly with us. They said no,” Brad Smith, Microsoft General Counsel
Damn. Shit just got real.
Just in case that wasn’t enough, Frank Shaw, Microsoft Head of Communications, followed up with the real heat-seeker. “Free advice for David Drummond – next time check with Kent Walker before you blog. ,” Shaw tweeted, referring to another Google SVP and General Counsel. Attached to that tweet was the picture of an email Walker apparently sent to Smith on October 28, 2010. It reads as follows:Brad –
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you — I came down with a 24-hour bug on the way back from San Antonio. After talking with people here, it sounds as though for various reasons a joint bid wouldn’t be advisable for us on this one. But I appreciate your flagging it, and we’re open to discussing other similar opportunities in the future.
I hope the rest of your travels go well, and I look forward to seeing you again soon.
Other notable response from Daring Fireball - Google: Patently Absurd.
My 2 cents - This is a case of sour grapes for Google. They bid for Novell patents and went upto $3.14Billion to buy these and when they were unsuccessful they are crying foul. They know that Android has lesser chances of survival without paying the patent fees it has used or getting sued for the ones its infringed upon. It will be tough for Google without such patents in their pocket.