Google has established a co-operative licensing site to drum up support for the sharing of patents, thereby curtailing the threat of trolls and other firms that get rich without ever building products.
According to Eric Schulman, legal director at Google, patent trolls are becoming a scourge on business, harming consumers and small businesses alike.
"The problem of lawsuits brought by patent trolls-companies that don't make any products-is huge and getting worse," he wrote on Google's Public Policy blog.
"We think companies should cooperate to reduce patent litigation."
To fight back, Google is promoting four models of sharing patentable innovations, which it claims will increase companies' freedom to operate, while reducing the risk of being targeted by the patent trolls.
For example, its License on Transfer Agreement enables participating companies to transfer patent licences to other participating firms.
"The more companies that unite in these kinds of agreements, the more beneficial the agreement becomes to its members, especially companies that don't regularly sell patents or don't want to spend money or time defending against trolls," wrote Schulman.
Goole is no stranger to patent battles, having acquired smartphone maker Motorola Mobility ostensibly for its patent trove and seeing its Android system involved in numerous disputes, mainly between Apple and Samsung.
Motorola itself has been involved in several high profile patent disputes with Microsoft and Apple.
Google has asked for companies to comment on its patent sharing models, and is looking for comments by 9 April.
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