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Google Gets Umbrella Patent For Cloud Operating Systems

By - Source: Ndicio | B 33 comments

Google just patented Chrome OS, but the tone of the patent is much more than that. Google may have, in fact, received a patent that covers client cloud operating systems in general.

The patent is entitled "Network based operating system across devices" and was filed in March of 2009, about two months before Chrome OS was officially announced. What makes this patent special is the fact that it covers virtual all aspects of "providing an operating system over a network to a local device" in a manner that would apply to any cloud OS that uses software other than a web browser. And even the web browser, as an entity that is regularly updated and would, conceivably, fill the role as operating system framework, would be touched by this patent.

As malicious as this patent may seem, it is more likely that the patent actually reveals Google's intent to tie hardware and software experiences much closer together. If the patent is enforceable and not invalidated due to prior art that could be claimed by Oracle because of its NC and Sun's JavaStation, the patent (as well as the recent buy of Motorola) highlight that Google's software is moving much closer to hardware.

It is somewhat dazzling how Google could get a patent on such a general approach. However, if Google can claim the rights to it, the question would be how Microsoft can react. Essentially, the cloud OS for client computers is now patented.

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    Au_equus , September 2, 2012 7:20 PM
    If apple can patent shapes and hand gestures...
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    Au_equus , September 2, 2012 7:25 PM
    IMHO we shouldn't be surprised anymore with any sort of ambiguity associated with the US patent system
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    freggo , September 2, 2012 7:38 PM
    US Patent office.
    First they tell us that everything that can be invented has been invented; now they let you patent lint and dust bunnies.

    Maybe they where right after all, everything WORTH patenting has been invented and they just need to come up with reasons to show up for work :-)

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    Au_equus , September 2, 2012 7:20 PM
    If apple can patent shapes and hand gestures...
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    amk-aka-Phantom , September 2, 2012 7:24 PM
    Oh, so any thin client would fall under the patent? Well, that's BS.
  • 26 Hide
    Au_equus , September 2, 2012 7:25 PM
    IMHO we shouldn't be surprised anymore with any sort of ambiguity associated with the US patent system
  • 15 Hide
    freggo , September 2, 2012 7:38 PM
    US Patent office.
    First they tell us that everything that can be invented has been invented; now they let you patent lint and dust bunnies.

    Maybe they where right after all, everything WORTH patenting has been invented and they just need to come up with reasons to show up for work :-)

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    sonofliberty08 , September 2, 2012 7:54 PM
    Google might get Tricell patent too
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    wiinippongamer , September 2, 2012 8:43 PM
    Never liked google much anyways
  • -8 Hide
    wiinippongamer , September 2, 2012 8:48 PM
    specially after seeing what they turned youtube into.
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    tsnor , September 2, 2012 10:54 PM
    Not to worry. EDS patented automated operations in the late 90s. LOL. They never tried to enforce it, would not have held up. Google is too big and has too much to lose to be a patent troll (I hope).
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    Boxa786 , September 2, 2012 11:12 PM
    omg so apples icloud was not the invention of cloud os and apple don't have this patent already?

    There's goes all of apples attempts to troll any cloud computing companies with patents. Nice one Google
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    Anonymous , September 2, 2012 11:19 PM
    what happens to virtualized OS now? They would pay google. OMG.
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    Anonymous , September 3, 2012 12:24 AM
    THAT'S BIG BROTHER GOOGLE.. NO ONE CAN TOUCH US..INNOVATE PEOPLE...
  • 9 Hide
    halcyon , September 3, 2012 1:27 AM
    The cloud. The very very dark cloud.
  • 6 Hide
    loops , September 3, 2012 3:11 AM
    Does the cloud have a rectangular shape and rounded edges?
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    master_chen , September 3, 2012 3:29 AM
    This article makes "Umbrella" corporation saaaaad.
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    DeusAres , September 3, 2012 3:46 AM
    Meh, just get on with expanding that Google Fiber to my area.
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    QEFX , September 3, 2012 4:14 AM
    I want to patent the concept of "Stupid".

    The problem is that the US patent system is prior art.

    On the upside they will still let me patent the concept.

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    willyroc , September 3, 2012 5:47 AM
    MONOPOLY MONOPOLY MONOPOLY! Can I patent my opinion on this too?
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    digiex , September 3, 2012 7:53 AM
    Now, iCloud has a problem.
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    blazorthon , September 3, 2012 10:30 AM
    It's not bad to patent stupid things. It's bad to use stupid patents to patent troll other companies. Google might have simply done this so that Apple couldn't screw them over with it later. Still, that they got it is easily one of the worst things that the USA patent office has done so far. It's one of the most vague and ridiculous patents that I've ever seen and topping many of Apple's patents isn't easy. However, it's fine IMO, that is so long as Google doesn't abuse it.
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    freggo , September 3, 2012 10:47 AM
    willyrocMONOPOLY MONOPOLY MONOPOLY! Can I patent my opinion on this too?


    Sorry, but Parker Brothers will have a word with you :-)


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