Barrons: Tough Test Ahead for Google
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 12 Nov 2007 12:23
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This time, however, Google is late to the party. And while it may enter the market with a potentially brilliant idea, terrific brand, and the deepest of pockets, it probably won't own many, if any, patents for mobile-phone operating-system software. Perhaps I've been overexposed to the adversarial world of mobile-wireless intellectual property, in which patent protection is wielded like a battle axe -- but Google's lack of mobile-phone software patents could be a distinct disadvantage. Yes, Google plans to build its software with open-source code developed in a public collaborative manner -- but even this can get slapped with expensive and distracting patent litigation. Reliability, support quality and security are other issues surrounding open-source platforms.
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