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Google Buys 1,000 IBM Patents

As initially reported by the SEO By the Sea blog, Google has purchased more than 1,000 patents from IBM. According to the article, the patents cover a large range of technologies including fabrication of memory and processing chips. The article also claims that some of the patents are for relational databases, object oriented programming and even business methods. The motivation / strategy for buying these patents, as well as the cost, is a anyone’s guess.