So it looks like Google made some comments earlier today, calling people out for causing them issues with patent infringement.
Google Senior VP and CLO David Drummond dropped a blog post claiming that a number of companies, including Microsoft, had been maneuvering to cause them patent issues and blamed Microsoft for teaming up with Apple to buy up a bunch of Novell patents.
More after the jump.
Apparently some people at Microsoft got ahold of this and went a little bonkers, immediately taking steps to rub Google’s nose in its own poopy.
Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, had this to say, via Twitter.
So it seems Google was asked if they wanted to catch a slice of the pie, they refused and are now having a hissy fit because they’re getting hit with patent suits. Well, I’d say they made their own messy bed and now they get to roll around in their own doodoo for a while.
“But wait!” you say, “This could all just be a bunch of shenanigans by Microsoft, intended to make google look bad!”. Well, I’d think that may be the case, too, if I hadn’t seen the next tweet, by Frank Shaw – Microsoft’s head of communications, complete with an email sent by Kent Walker – Senior VP and General Counsel for Google.
Check it out!
The text of the email, in case you can’t read it, is as follows;
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.
So it looks like Google set out to make Microsoft look like a bunch of meanies and Microsoft walked into the ring with some loaded gloves on, where they proceeded to stomp the ever-loving bejeezus out of them. This really doesn’t look good for Google, in the grand scheme. That’s ok, though…I still love my Android phone.
I think the moral of the story, here, is “Don’t wave your wiener in Microsoft’s face if you don’t want to get it smacked”.