One of the most ridiculous claims in the wake of Google's Motorola buy was from pundits saying that Google wouldn't use Moto's patent haul to help other Android manufacturers fend off Apple's nasty litigation. The deal is still in the pipeline but Google is apparently already helping another vendor, HTC, by supplying some patent ammunition to counter Apple.
They appear to be a collection of patents from Palm (NYSE: HPQ) and Motorola (NYSE: MMI), and it’s not clear how Google obtained them or why they are being used at this point, after years of patent-related attacks on Google’s Android mobile operating system and its partners by companies like Apple and Microsoft.
A Google representative confirmed that patents had been transferred but declined to comment further on the nature of how those patents wound up in HTC’s hands. An HTC representative was not immediately available to comment on the case.
-paidContent, September 7, 2011
In the wake of today's HTC report, John Gruber and Niley Patel are making the inane argument that Google has gone on the "offensive" in the patent wars. That would be only be the case if Google and its allies initiated a lawsuit against someone who didn't sue them first. HTC using new patents to add to existing litigation with Apple remains defensive -- it is the only defense that big companies can use effectively given our horribly broken down patent system.