Google Linux servers hit with $5m patent infringement verdict

Posted by tuxchick on Apr 21, 2011 10:24 PM EDT
The Register; By Cade Metz
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A jury has found that in using Linux on its back-end servers, Google has infringed a patent held by a small Texas-based company and must pay $5m in damages.

In 2006, Bedrock Computer Technologies sued Google and several other outfits – including Yahoo!,, PayPal, and AOL – claiming they infringed on a patent filed in January 1997. The patent describes "a method and apparatus for performing storage and retrieval...that uses the hashing technique with the external chaining method for collision resolution", and the accusation is that companies infringed by using various versions of the Linux kernel on their servers.

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This is devastatingly frightening JaseP 5 1,243 Apr 26, 2011 10:35 PM

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