October 25, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Google is already dealing with a lawsuit from Oracle and attacks on Open Handset Alliance members for perceived patent violations in Android products. Google can throw another set of legal papers onto the pile as Gemalto has filed a patent infringement suit concerning Android.
Gemalto alleges that Google, HTC, Motorola, and Samsung violate Gemalto’s patents in the Dalvik virtual machine. Android uses Dalvik to virtualize Java, which prompted Oracle to file a complaint against Google in August; now Gemalto claims that Dalvik infringes upon technology it developed in Texas in the 1990′s. The complaint was filed in the Eastern District of Texas.
Patent fights have become comically common in the mobile industry, so this latest dispute just adds one more wave to the ocean. It will be a long time before this has any effect on Android, if at all, so users need not fear that their precious phones will stop going on sale tomorrow.