Purdue University lawsuit says Google copied smartphone technology

Purdue University lawsuit says Google copied smartphone technology

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  • University’s patent covers tech for repairing computer software code
  • Criticism suggests Google engineer copied code for Android software program

(Reuters) – Purdue University’s Purdue Investigate Basis has sued Google LLC in Texas federal court docket, alleging that Android program for eradicating programming problems in smartphones copies areas of its professors’ creation.

The basis requested the U.S. District Courtroom for the Western District of Texas for royalties and an undisclosed sum of revenue damages on Tuesday dependent on Google’s alleged willful patent infringement.

The grievance mentioned two professors and two pupils at the West Lafayette, Indiana university invented the patented technological know-how, which detects software program programming glitches that could have an impact on a mobile device’s electric power management.

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Purdue stated that right after a Google engineer posted an write-up about a person of the professors in an Android forum in 2012, yet another Google engineer discovered and integrated code disclosed by the inventors into Android software.

Purdue gained the patent in 2019. The university stated it despatched Google a detect of infringement past August, but the enterprise carries on to use the patented code.

A Purdue spokesperson stated in a Wednesday statement that the study basis tried to meet with Google for weeks, but the firm refused “reasonable conditions” for a conference.

The spokesperson said Google infringes multiple additional Purdue patents, and the college will amend its grievance to increase them if Google “proceeds to refuse to negotiate a license.”

Google spokesperson José Castañeda stated Wednesday that the company develops its products independently, and that it was reviewing the criticism and would “vigorously” defend by itself.

The scenario is Purdue Study Foundation v. Google LLC, U.S. District Courtroom for the Western District of Texas, No. 6:22-cv-00119.

For Purdue: Michael Shore and Alfonso Chan of Shore Chan, Mark Siegmund of Steckler Wayne Cochran Cherry

For Google: n/a

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