MOUNTAIN VIEW, USA – A Texas jury has found Android developer and search giant Google guilty of infringing patents related to the Linux kernel, the very core of the operating system.
Although Linux is a free operating system, Bedrock Computer Technologies developed certain solutions for its kernel that Google has apparently used without paying the rights. Technology companies spend billions of dollars annually in order to create a patent portfolio that will not only leverage their own business, but also provide them with a source of income from third-party companies.
Analysts have commented that this case may be the first of many that will impede the growth of Linux – Google Android itself is expected to account 39% of the mobile sector’s 58% growth for the next year.
Patent wars are rife in the telecommunications industry, with several high-profile legal cases ongoing, such as Apple vs Nokia, Apple vs Samsung, and even Oracle vs Google.