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August 4, 2011 / David Bleeker

After Google rant on Android patents, Microsoft tweets: ‘Really?’

Microsoft says Google was asked to jointly bid on hundreds of Nortel patents

In an escalation of Android patent battles, Microsoft said it urged Google’s legal team to join Microsoft in buying up hundreds of Nortel patents, but Google refused.

“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, general counsel for Microsoft, tweeted Wednesday night.

Smith’s tweet followed by several hours a blog from Google’s chief legal officer, David Drummond, who described Microsoft as one of a group of companies that are mounting a “hostile,organized campaign against Android.” [read more]

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