Google loses Linux patent case, pays $5 million fine

Google loses Linux patent case, pays $5 million fine
A Texas jury has found in favor of Bedrock Computer Technologies in a patent infringement case against Google. The plaintiffs claimed that Google had improperly used the Linux kernel in its servers and Android smartphones and the Mountain View based company was instructed to pay a $5 million fine.

There are uncertainties about what happens from here. Intellectual property activist Florian Mueller said, "The implication here is really that there is a huge number of Linux users who will be required to pay royalties if this patent holder knocks on their doors in the US. This is definitely a major impediment to the growth of Linux and makes companies, including Google, that rely on open source code particularly vulnerable to patent threats." Mueller adds that Android has become a target of those wishing to slow down the growth of the rapidly growing OS. He said, "Android is clearly being targeted by some of the largest tech companies as its market share grows and it becomes more of a threat to others. Apple is going for the jugular by going after several Android device makers. In a way it has to do this to survive. No matter how good its financials are now, in a year or two they could see their iPhone business erode because of the Android threat."

In a statement, Google defended itself and said, "The recent explosion in patent litigation is turning the world's information highway into a toll road, forcing companies to spend millions and millions of dollars defending old, questionable patent claims and wasting resources that would be much better spent investing in new technologies for users and creating jobs."

Besides Google, Bedrock has also sued Yahoo, MySpace, Amazon, PayPal, Match.com and AOL, claiming patent infringement.

source: BBC via MobileBurn

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7 Comments

1. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Hahahahahahaha, sorry :)

2. Hawke9150 unregistered

WOW can you guys really only post old news? This was posted yesterday on Phonescoop.com

4. MorePhonesThanNeeded unregistered

Well to answer the second poster, possibly because some people on read phonearena. Amazing how a little thinking can give you access to such easy answers to life's most daunting conundrums. This is just one company who owns old patents and never did anything with it, just waits until someone uses it and makes money then he comes the lawsuit. Seems like these things continuously come up and no one really can do anything, best to check deep and way back before you start making money off things.

7. TDroid21

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 04, 2011

Wow! Is this teh latest scheme companies do for moneymaking? Bedrock seem to be doing quite a good job at making fat ca$h ito their pockets..

9. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

It's the American way. If people won't give you money you force it out of someones pockets. Then again people take patented ideas all the time too. Isn't greed wonderful. I wonder how productive our country would be if people would just stop sticking their hand in the cookie jar? I know our national debt wouldn't be as bad.

8. IOS5 unregistered

KABOOM

10. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I'm getting very sick and tired of lil companies making it rich off bigger companies just because of a lil patent. n that's HOW THEY MAKE MILLIONS BY SUING EACH OTHER. Like APPLE SUES MOTOROLA, HTC, NOW SAMSUNG.

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