Google ordered to pay $20 million for Chrome's infringement of anti-malware patents

Google has been ordered to pay $20M after a federal court in Marshall, Texas ruled that the Chrome browser had infringed four patents for anti-malware software.

The patents belong to now-deceased Lucent engineer Allen Rozman and Alfonso Cioffi. Cioffi and the family of Rozman have been involved in the lawsuit with Google since 2013.

A District Court judge had dismissed the case in 2014, stating that his interpretation of the words "web browser process" meant that the infringement claim was unlikely to be successful. Rozman and Cioffi subsequently appealed the decision to the federal courts, who found the original judge's interpretation to be incorrect. The Register has sourced a PDF of the verdict which can be viewed here.

Google has subsequently appealed the decision to the US Supreme Court, but the case was dismissed. This isn't the only legal battle that Google has been involved with in recent times, with Oracle recently appealing a court decision which dismissed claims that Google had unfairly used Java APIs in its Android technology.

Source: The Register via The Next Web

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