Linked by David Adams on Fri 22nd Apr 2011 14:47 UTC, submitted by galvanash
Legal A Texas jury has ruled against Google in a suit that alleged some of its use of open-source Linux code amounted to patent infringement, something that could have big implications for other companies using Linux technology and other open-source systems. In the verdict, delivered last week, the jury decided that Google should pay $5 million for the infringement.
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2008-09-11

...are something that make me stop and exclaim: WOW!

A bunch of rednecks decided that google should pay some money to a patent troll. I don't think this is going to affect anyone else. This is the result of the american legal system where any group of random taken idiots or morons can decide the outcome of a lawsuit.

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westlake Member since:
2010-01-07

A bunch of rednecks decided that google should pay some money to a patent troll.


The jury was asked three questions, which must be answered consistently:

1 Did the plaintiff prove by the weight of the evidence presented here that Google infringed its patent?

On Claim 1, Yes. On Claim 2, Yes.

2 Did Google prove by the weight of the evidence presented here that it did not infringe the plaintiff's patent.

On Clain 1, No. On Claim 2, No.

3 If you find that the patent was infringed, what would be fair and reasonable compensation for the plaintiff, based on the weight of the evidence presented here?

$5,000,000

To reach the jury in this form - Google must have lost every legal argument it could make against the validity of the parent, at every point in the case where the validity of the patent could be questioned.

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