Gemalto sues Google, Motoroloa, HTC, Samsung alleging Android patent infringement

“Chipmaker Gemalto said on Monday it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Google, and handset makers Motorola, HTC, and Samsung over the Android operating system,” Lionel Laurent reports for Reuters.

“Amsterdam-based Gemalto’s move follows previous patent suits filed by U.S. technology groups Oracle and Apple against Google’s Android as it gains in popularity,” Laurent reports.

“Gemalto said in a statement it filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas for alleged infringement of its patented technologies in the open-source Android system and Dalvik operating environment,” Laurent reports. “The patented technologies were developed in the 1990’s at Gemalto’s research and development facilities in Texas, the statement said.”

Laurent reports, “Apple sued HTC over its Android phones in March followed by Oracle’s complaint against Google in August. Microsoft struck an amicable licensing deal with HTC in April.”

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MacDailyNews Take: As the other cases wade through molasses, let’s see if the rocket docket can produce some results in our lifetimes.

19 Comments

  1. When a “holding company” seeks to enforce a so-called patent that Apple has supposedly trespassed against, folks here get hugely upset (rightly, I’d say) about patents being overly vague, about the holder never actually having used the patent for anything, about the use of the “rocket docket” for tech patents, about … all sorts of perceived unfairness. When Apple sues … how DARE they abuse “our” IP! Wonder how this blend will fare.

  2. When a “holding company” seeks to enforce a so-called patent that Apple has supposedly trespassed against, folks here get hugely upset (rightly, I’d say) about patents being overly vague, about the holder never actually having used the patent for anything, about the use of the “rocket docket” for tech patents, about … all sorts of perceived unfairness. When Apple sues … how DARE they abuse “our” IP! Wonder how this blend will fare.

  3. I wouldn’t want to be a defendant here. The Eastern District court of Texas is the most the plaintiff-friendly venue in the world, especially when the defendant is large, wealthy, and far from Texas. Add to that, the plaintiff in this case is a small Texas company.

  4. I wouldn’t want to be a defendant here. The Eastern District court of Texas is the most the plaintiff-friendly venue in the world, especially when the defendant is large, wealthy, and far from Texas. Add to that, the plaintiff in this case is a small Texas company.

  5. Google is the grand daddy of IP infringements. Android is nothing more than the theft of Google competitors’ ideas. This behavior has been constant in the DNA of Google: take first without permission and then see what the consequences are.

  6. Google is the grand daddy of IP infringements. Android is nothing more than the theft of Google competitors’ ideas. This behavior has been constant in the DNA of Google: take first without permission and then see what the consequences are.

  7. This is like the end “Reservoir Dogs” where everyone has a gun pointed at someone.  If couple of lawsuits win we could see the end of smartphones as we know them.  They may become so expensive that they are not worth selling. The tablet market would down with it.  I don’t think this will happen, however it’s not impossible. At one time we could fly across the Atlantic in two hrs., now we can’t. (I know it was for different reasons).               

  8. This is like the end “Reservoir Dogs” where everyone has a gun pointed at someone.  If couple of lawsuits win we could see the end of smartphones as we know them.  They may become so expensive that they are not worth selling. The tablet market would down with it.  I don’t think this will happen, however it’s not impossible. At one time we could fly across the Atlantic in two hrs., now we can’t. (I know it was for different reasons).               

  9. Suddenly that ‘FREE’ Android OS is becoming very expensive (just in legal fees alone to say nothing of any possible future damages and royalties levied by the courts) to handset makers. Android tablets anyone?

  10. Suddenly that ‘FREE’ Android OS is becoming very expensive (just in legal fees alone to say nothing of any possible future damages and royalties levied by the courts) to handset makers. Android tablets anyone?

  11. WetFX,

    “At one time we could fly across the Atlantic in two hrs”

    You still can cross the Atlantic in less than two hours, the trouble is, when the ICBM you are riding on hits the ground, life as we know it will end.

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