Court orders search engine company to pay $5m to Bedrock Technologies in compensation
A Texas jury has ruled that in using Linux on its back-end servers, Google has infringed a patent held by Texas-based Bedrock Computer Technologies and must pay $5m in compensation.
Bedrock had sued Google and other companies including Yahoo, Amazon, PayPal and AOL — claiming the companies infringed a patent filed in January 1997 by using various versions of the Linux kernel on their servers.
The kernel in question is at the core of the open-source OS. Google uses it for its server platforms and could also extend to its Android mobile platform.
Bedrock has also sought for an injunction stopping Google from infringing on its patent.
Google has said it will defend against such patent litigations.
"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," said Google.
Meanwhile, Red Hat has asked the court to rule the Bedrock patent invalid.