As if Oracle's, Microsoft's, and Apple's [1] [2] suits weren't giving Android enough headache, today, Gemalto, an Amsterdam-based digital security company, added some fuel to the flames by filing a patent infringement suit against Google and its partners HTC, Samsung, and Motorola. The suit claimed that Android and the Dalvik operating environment incorporated Gemalto's patented Java Card technology without the company's permission.

The Wall Street Journal explained in more detail:

According to the complaint on the website of the U.S. law firm hired by Gemalto, McKool Smith, the Java Card Technology enables Java applications and applications developed in other high level programming languages to run on resource-constrained devices such as smart cards and mobile phones.

The complaint says that the Mountain View, California-based Internet search giant Google develops and actively distributes to application developers and device manufacturers what it refers to as the "Android Platform", which incorporates Gemalto's patented Java Card Technology without its permission.

The complaint also says Taiwan's HTC, U.S. telecommunications company Motorola and Korean company Samsung Electronics make, use, sell and offer to sell Android Devices having the Android Operating System and Android Applications, including mobile phones.

Does Gemalto have a case or will Google fight back like it did when it pledged to fight Oracle? Let's wait for defendants' official statements and find out.

Sources: WSJ, Reuters

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/jaroslav-stekl/ Jaroslav Stekl

    I'm starting to fear for the longevity of Android....

    • James

      Same here, but I doubt it will go anywhere anytime soon. iOS and Android are leading the race.

    • Keefers

      Android is changing everything. Its not going to go away.

  • Darkseider

    "...the Java Card Technology enables Java applications and applications developed in other high level programming languages to run on resource-constrained devices such as smart cards and mobile phones."

    LOL! OK. So ANY portable handset that uses Java based apps is infringing on this? Really? I remember having a few old flip phones that ran Java apps about 5 - 6 years ago. Does that mean they were infringing too? LOL! This is a damned joke. Oracle, Apple, MSFT and now this bunch of "me too" ass clowns. All of it will come out in court, Google will bitch slap Oracle, MSFT and these morons because their patents are baseless and vague at best. That or their claims are empty and just being used as FUD. In any case I hope Google eats them alive.

    • James

      No. Google isn't some mighty god. They'll end up paying something. #fail

  • http://payforyoursoul.com I patented you soul

    The whole patent system is a farce, it neither serves consumers or businesses, only those with enough money to buy and register then in the first place.

  • Jenarobfreaky

    What a joke. These company doesn't even share their source code. How would Google know if they are "infringing" on stupid patents.

  • David Ruddock

    Based on what they're presenting, this isn't going far - their patent would be so broad and far-reaching that its very awarding would have been an unreasonable act by the patent office.

    Enforcement would only be operable by an injunction, an injunction that no judge in their right mind would award (halting BILLIONS of dollars of commerce) without a huge amount of evidence showing Google and the manufacturers were *blatantly* infringing. Somehow I doubt you'll find Java Card anywhere explicitly in the Android OS.

    This sounds like an attempt to bum-rush Google and hope that if the big G settles with Oracle, they'll settle with any Java-related patent lawsuits just for safety's sake.

    Unlikely to happen, and I suspect Gemalto will try to postpone trial as long as possible so that they can follow Oracle's lead.

    • JoeE

      "...an unreasonable act by the patent office."?

      The Patent Office IS an unreasonable act.