Microsoft has made a public statement regarding Google’s claim that competitors are engaged in a “a hostile, organized campaign against Android“. Earlier today, Google’s David Drummond alleged that Microsoft, Apple, and others intentionally outbid the Mountain View company for Nortel and Novell patents with the intent of “strangling” competitive choice.
Microsoft’s general counsel tweeted the following in response to the accusations: “Google says we bought Novell patents to keep them from Google. Really? We asked them to bid jointly with us. They said no“. It’s unknown if Google refused to join the group on general principle or out of spite for their chief competition, but their argument seems to carry less impact now that both parties have shared their side of the story. The patent system is still very much flawed and the flurry of patent-related lawsuits is a major issue in the tech world, so we doubt that Google will let Microsoft have the last word.