The only place where an Apple looks so intimidating is the court-room which would host the patent dispute between Apple Inc. and Google. Keeping this in mind Google have decided to add a further 217 patents to its bought-from-IBM patents list which has already grown to more than 200 patents. The sales are reflected in the US patent and trademark office database, but we don’t know exactly how much money changed hands in this sale (or any of the bigger ones last year). Apparently some of these patents cover mobile phones and other technology relevant to Google’s defense of Android, but there’s also dozens that don’t appear to be directly related, including some patents on data caching, blade servers, and server load balancing.
All in all Google has further strengthened its patent portfolio in anticipation of the Apple attack which have already led to a host of problems for the Mountain View-based search giants.