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Microsoft Fires Back with a Missile at Google’s Android Patent Accusations

Yesterday, we reported that Google’s SVP and Chief Legal Officer, David Drummond, lashed out at Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, and others for using “bogus patents” to attack their Android mobile platform.

In our previous day’s coverege, we had objected to Drummond’s language — in his blog post, Drummond noted that the “Microsoft and Apple had been getting in bed with other rivals to hurt Google.”

Among the accusations was that Microsoft teamed up with Apple to buy Novell’s old patents, implying that they did so in order to keep them away from Google.

Microsoft didn’t take too kindly to that remark. Brad Smith, Microsoft General Counsel tweeted out in response:

“Google says we bought Novell patents to keep them from Google. Really? We asked them to bid jointly with us. They said no,”

Which was later followed by Microsoft Head of Communications, Frank Shaw’s tweet:

“Free advice for David Drummond – next time check with Kent Walker before you blog. ,” referring to another Google SVP and General Counsel.

Attached to the Shaw’s tweet was the picture of an email Walker apparently sent to Smith on October 28, 2010, which reads as follows:

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

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