Android Patent Infringement on Linux Costs Google $5 Million
By on April 22nd, 2011

Google has faced a tough challenge in the form of numerous patent infringement claims coming from  Bedrock Computer Technologies, a company that is inactive as a company now. The case has been ruled in favor of Bedrock and Google will have to pay $5 million for infringement on a particular technology that is patented to Bedrock Computer Technologies.
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The ruling of the case is questionable for developers in the Linux and the Android ecosystem. Zdnet writes,

Bedrock (a company that is no longer active) sued Google over a relatively obscure patent it held on the use of linked lists with automatically expiring records.

The ruling judge charged Google with the statement,

Google failed to invalidate the patent even though a more defendant-friendly standard — the one also advocated by Microsoft [in recent suits] was used than the one preferred by the US government and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC)

Google has created an exclusive club with Android that lets people use most of its services seamlessly. The tight integration of Google services with Android is definitely one of the reasons Google is advocating this platform.

Situations like these happen when tech giants make money by using and modifying Open Source code in their products. It becomes extremely important to review these codes for any possible patent infringement and watch out for scavengers like these.

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Author: Chinmoy Kanjilal Google Profile for Chinmoy Kanjilal
Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. He rants occasionally at Techarraz.com. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.

Chinmoy Kanjilal has written and can be contacted at chinmoy@techie-buzz.com.

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