Google boosts its patent catalogue

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As the patent war within the smartphone and tablet sector continues, Google has moved to protect Android from patent lawsuits by purchasing 1,000 patents from IBM. 

Having already purchased hardware manufacturer Motorola Mobility and its 17,000 patents,  Google has now further expanded its portfolio after picking up 1,023 pieces of IP from IBM. 

The patents cover a variety of methods, from file system management to filling holes in printed wiring boards. There, as yet, has been no mention of the price Google paid. 

Earlier this month Google transferred nine patents to HTC, who then went on to use them in a lawsuit against Apple. 

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