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Purdue College lawsuit says Google copied smartphone know-how

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  • College’s patent covers tech for fixing software program code
  • Grievance says Google engineer copied code for Android software program

(Reuters) – Purdue College’s Purdue Analysis Basis has sued Google LLC in Texas federal courtroom, alleging that Android software program for eliminating programming errors in smartphones copies components of its professors’ invention.

The muse requested the U.S. District Court docket for the Western District of Texas for royalties and an undisclosed amount of cash damages on Tuesday based mostly on Google’s alleged willful patent infringement.

The grievance mentioned two professors and two college students on the West Lafayette, Indiana college invented the patented know-how, which detects software program programming errors that would have an effect on a cellular gadget’s energy administration.

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Purdue mentioned that after a Google engineer posted an article about one of many professors in an Android discussion board in 2012, one other Google engineer discovered and integrated code disclosed by the inventors into Android software program.

Purdue obtained the patent in 2019. The college mentioned it despatched Google a discover of infringement final August, however the firm continues to make use of the patented code.

A Purdue spokesperson mentioned in a Wednesday assertion that the analysis basis tried to fulfill with Google for weeks, however the firm refused “affordable circumstances” for a gathering.

The spokesperson mentioned Google infringes a number of further Purdue patents, and the college will amend its grievance so as to add them if Google “continues to refuse to barter a license.”

Google spokesperson José Castañeda mentioned Wednesday that the corporate develops its merchandise independently, and that it was reviewing the grievance and would “vigorously” defend itself.

The case is Purdue Analysis Basis v. Google LLC, U.S. District Court docket 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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