Google Chief Legal Officer David Drummond Argues Microsoft Is Conspiring Against Them Over Patents

Posted Aug 4, 2011

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) SVP and Chief Legal Officer came out guns blazing in a blog post that called out several of the company’s rivals for attempting to use “bogus patents” to go after the Android mobile operating system. Drummond called out Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) in the blog post directly. Drummond accused Microsoft with teaming up with Apple to buy Novell’s old patents in order to keep them away from Google. Microsoft took the blog post very personally.

?Google says we bought Novell patents to keep them from Google. Really? We asked them to bid jointly with us. They said no,? said Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith. It turns out Smith was right. Microsoft Head of Communications Frank Shaw sent out a tweet with a screenshot of an e-mail. The e-mail is from Google SVP and General Counsel Kent Walker sending an e-mail to Brad saying:

Brad ?

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.

? Kent

Based on the e-mailed screenshot, it seems that Microsoft did their part in trying to involve Google for the patents. There actually seems to be a miscommunication between Drummond and Walker. Below are some of the tweets from Microsoft:

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