Google has gone on a patent acquisition shopping spree again. This time around they have purchased 217 patents from IBM that are related to the fields of IM applications, video conferencing, email administration, and much more. This current patent acquisition follow 2 previous separate patent purchases Google made from IBM. The first purchase contained 1,000 patents in July 2011 and the second later for 1,023 in September 2011.
Google is really building up it patent portfolio with all these purchases they have made in past few years in addition to their acquisition of Motorola Mobility. They patents could help protect Google from lawsuits from patent trolling companies and also offer Google more flexibility in future product creations. The cost of the patents from IBM has yet to be made public, but should be available eventually.