MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. ( TheStreet) -- After losing out to Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT) and Sony (SNE) in the tussle for Nortel patents, Google (GOOG) reportedly tripled its modest IP arsenal after buying a slew of patents from software and hardware giant IBM (IBM).
Analysts, though, say that the deal might not afford enough to ward off mobile computing rivals who hold bigger patent portfolios. Credit Suisse recently estimated that Google held around 650 patents before the deal; IBM, by comparison, received almost 6,000 in 2010 alone.
"With 500 or 600 patents, they have enough for the Internet world, but they don't have enough for the wireless world," said Roger Entner, founder of Recon Analytics. "
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