TechCrunch got into the "patent numbers" game: Google currently owns 701 patents in total whereas Microsoft was granted 3,121 patents last year.
AND further noted Google's hiring plans:
On its legal job listings page, Google is looking to fill six patent-related positions including a patent agent, patent counsel, patent docketing clerk, patent litigation counsel, patent paralegal, and a strategic patent licensing and acquisitions manager.
To get into the cross-licensing deal-making game, one needs patents the other guy wants. And, hiring six people won't solve the Android litigation problem. Google's initial law firm in the Oracle matter was King & Spalding, and later included Keker & van Nest LLP. See
Google hires third law firm to defend against Oracle