Northeastern Gives It To Google
Northeastern University has picked a patent-infringement fight, and they picked it with the big boys on the playground: Google.
According to the suit filed in the patent-friendly U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Google has been infringing on a patent issued to Northeastern for splitting search queries between multiple database servers. The patent is exclusively licensed to Jarg Corp.
Northeastern says it's known about the infringement since an unnamed law firm advised them of it in 2005, but that they had difficulty finding a lawyer who would take the case without a retainer. Google is aware of the suit, and calls it "unmerited" — and given Northeastern's reluctance to pay out to protect their patent, one has to wonder if it just might be.
Justin Ryan is a Contributing Editor for Linux Journal.
Webinar: 8 Signs You’re Beyond Cron
11am CDT, April 29th
Join Linux Journal and Pat Cameron, Director of Automation Technology at HelpSystems, as they discuss the eight primary advantages of moving beyond cron job scheduling. In this webinar, you’ll learn about integrating cron with an enterprise scheduler.Join us!
- Tips for Optimizing Linux Memory Usage
- Picking Out the Nouns
- "No Reboot" Kernel Patching - And Why You Should Care
- DevOps: Better Than the Sum of Its Parts
- Return of the Mac
- Android Candy: Intercoms
- Drupageddon: SQL Injection, Database Abstraction and Hundreds of Thousands of Web Sites
- Non-Linux FOSS: .NET?
- diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development