Why is that Android faces many patent issues!?

After seeing so many Patents faced by the Fast developing Android Platform, I thought I would blog something about this, showing my taking sides towards Android ofcourse.
       Android has been going through many patent issues right from the day, or even before it got introduced to general public! Lets have look at some of them:

  • On August 12, 2010: Oracle sued Google over claimed infringement of copyrights and patents related to the Java programming language.

Details: Oracle originally sought damages up to $6.1 billion, but this valuation was rejected by a federal judge who asked Oracle to revise the estimate. In response, Google submitted multiple lines of defense, counterclaiming that Android did not infringe on Oracle’s patents or copyright, that Oracle’s patents were invalid, and several other defenses. They said that Android is based on Apache Harmony, a clean room implementation of the Java class libraries, and an independently developed virtual machine called Dalvik
In May 2012 the jury in this case found that Google did not infringe on Oracle’s patents, and the trial judge ruled that the structure of the Java APIs used by Google was not copyrightable.

Further details about the courts judgement Here


  • On October 2011: Microsoft has also sued several manufacturers of Android devices for patent infringement, and collects patent licensing fees from others

Details: Microsoft said they had signed license agreements with ten Android device manufacturers, accounting for 55% of worldwide revenue for Android devices. These include Samsung and HTC.

Google’s action: Google has publicly expressed its dislike for the current patent landscape in the United States, accusing Apple, Oracle and Microsoft of trying to take down Android through patent litigation, rather than innovating and competing with better products and services. In August 2011, Google started the process of purchasing Motorola Mobility for US$12.5 billion, which was viewed in part as a defensive measure to protect Android, since Motorola Mobility holds more than 17,000 patents. In December 2011 Google acquired in the region of a thousand patents from IBM, which may aid in defense against Oracle.


  • And Now: Next Patent Challenge Comes From Nokia, Further details Here


And now, you may ask why always on Android, atleast why so many on an Open source Android?

have a look here, you will know.

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