Why Did Intellectual Ventures Sue Motorola Mobility... Even As Google Is An IV Investor?
from the oddities dept
As you may have noted, Google has been a lot more aggressive lately, in talking about the problems of the patent system, and specifically of the way patents are being used to hurt innovation. The company has certainly indicated that it's interested in much more advanced patent reform to fix many of these problems. That's the kind of thing that could hurt IV. So, perhaps this is a "shot across the bow" of Google? An attempt to send a message to one of its own investors not to "rock the boat"? That's about the best I can figure, because the lawsuit doesn't seem to make much sense otherwise.
And, in the meantime, shouldn't this actually scare off others from signing one of IV's shakedown deals? If IV is willing to sue anyway, then what good are those deals?