Last night things got pretty good on Twitter with Brad Smith, Microsoft General Counsel, tweeting:
Google says we bought Novell patents to keep them from Google. Really? We asked them to bid jointly with us. They said no.
Followed by a Tweet from Frank Shaw, Microsoft Head of Communications, that included a screenshot of an email exchange turning down the offer to partner up on buying the patents.
Kudos to Microsoft for having the balls to respond in this way — it may not be a savvy move in the end, but it is a great PR move in the short term.
I do however think that MG Siegler has the best explanation of what is happening with Google and patents right now (which is why I have this post linking to him):
And it reinforces something that many observers think about Google’s position here: that they simply weren’t taking the patent situation too seriously until recently, and now they’re all up in arms about it.