Google Loses Android Lawsuit

Google Fined $5 Million Over Linux Patents

Jessica Thornsby

Google have been fined $5 million for violating Bedrock Computer Technologies’ Linux patents.

Google has been fined $5 million for violating Bedrock Computer Technologies’ Linux patents in
their Android OS
, in an April 15th jury verdict in a Texas
district court.

Founder of the NoSoftwarePatents campaign, Florian Mueller,
warned that this verdict could impact the wider software
community:

“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.”

In response, Google have argued against software patents:

“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,” Google
told the BBC.

Google reportedly plans to appeal the ruling. The search giant
is also currently being sued by Oracle over Android’s use of Java
technology.

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