Google Bought 28% of Patents Offered During Its Patent Purchase Experiment

Illustration: Randi Klett; Images: Google and iStockphoto

Google received “thousands” of submissions to its experimental Patent Purchase Promotion, which launched in April and closed last week. Out of that rather vague number, the company bought 28 percent of the patents it deemed were “relevant” to its business, according to Kurt Brasch, senior product licensing manager.

The program, which offered a chance for anybody to sell patents to Google at a price set by the patent...

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