Google Doesn’t Need Patents, It Has Mister Verhoeven

It’s been suggested that Google possess a somewhat lackluster patent portfolio, amassing less than 600 patents in its 12 year existence.  Even when you count patents added through corporate acquisition, the total is still well under 1000 (and on average, approximates to about 70 a year).  Compare that number with a software company like Microsoft, which has averaged around 500 patents per year in its 35 year existence.