Google’s stance on the patent situation is disingenuous in the extreme. It may not be a perfect system, but there needs to be some protection for innovation (Google’s claim that patents are anti-innovation makes no sense to me) and the fact they turned-down an offer to join Microsoft and Apple in bidding for the Nortel patents means this argument looks like sour-grapes from the loser.
Google have no shame in doing one thing privately and saying something completely different in public (“Don’t be evil” vs. Eric Schmidt’s comments on privacy / Android openness vs. not releasing source code, stifling Android customisation etc.).
At least Microsoft and Apple make few claims to saintliness. They are in a competitive industry. Even when Apple was close to bankruptcy in the late 90’s, Steve Jobs didn’t seek to blame others for the problems (eg Microsoft – Mr Jobs specifically argued against people seeing Apple vs. Microsoft as a zero-sum game, but rather built an alliance with them (Microsoft invested in Apple at that time).
Why Did Google Blog About Patents Today? Because The Nortel Loss Was Just The Beginning. http://tcrn.ch/pW177s by @parislemon