Marco Arment:

Google is also run by geeks, and geeks generally find software patents extremely offensive.

Which is backed up by MG Siegler:

Prior to the Nortel deal, Microsoft had something like 17,000 patents, while Google had something like 700.

Marco is right that if Google gets severely hindered in patent litigation they are likely to wake up and try and do something about it. The question then becomes: is it too late, and can change be made?

As an American you are likely to say: never and always. I am not as optimistic, it’s going to take more than just Google to “inspire” such change — but if all the other companies that Google needs to join them in the ‘fight’ are profiting off of patents, what motivation do they have to help?