Google was not the only company sued for patent infringement by Bedrock;
there several other defendants, including Yahoo. Most of those defendants
have settled, but Yahoo stuck it out to the end and got a "not infringing"
verdict for its pain. Thomson Reuters looks
at what happened differently this time
to enable Yahoo to win.
"First off, Bedrock had a stronger case against Google. [Bedrock
counsel Douglas] Cawley put on evidence that Google used Bedrock's Linux
code on its servers (although Google got rid of the code before
trial). Yahoo, on the other hand, used a different form of Linux, and its
lead trial lawyer, Yar Chaikovsky and Fay Morisseau of McDermott Will, were
able to argue that Yahoo never executed the Bedrock code.
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