Purdue University lawsuit says Google copied smartphone technology

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  • University’s patent handles tech for correcting program code
  • Complaint states Google engineer copied code for Android software

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

The foundation questioned the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas for royalties and an undisclosed volume of dollars damages on Tuesday primarily based on Google’s alleged willful patent infringement.

The grievance reported two professors and two students at the West Lafayette, Indiana college invented the patented technologies, which detects software program programming problems that could have an affect on a cellular device’s ability management.

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Purdue explained that just after a Google engineer posted an report about one particular of the professors in an Android forum in 2012, an additional Google engineer discovered and integrated code disclosed by the inventors into Android application.

Purdue obtained the patent in 2019. The university said it despatched Google a see of infringement last August, but the firm proceeds to use the patented code.

A Purdue spokesperson claimed in a Wednesday statement that the investigation basis attempted to meet with Google for months, but the company refused “realistic problems” for a meeting.

The spokesperson stated Google infringes many additional Purdue patents, and the university will amend its criticism to insert them if Google “continues to refuse to negotiate a license.”

Google spokesperson José Castañeda mentioned Wednesday that the corporation develops its goods independently, and that it was examining the criticism and would “vigorously” defend by itself.

The scenario is Purdue Analysis 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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