Free open source software doesn’t seem inexpensive anymore, as one more Android legal wrangle hits the wires. This time, LG (SEO: 066570) and Samsung are both being sued by Vertical Computer Systems, over patents that relate to the LG Ally and several Samsung Galaxy devices.
Vertical – which describes itself as a “provider of Internet core technologies, administrative software, and derivative software application products through its distribution network” – says in its suit that LG and Samsung infringed two patents related to a “system and method for generating Web sites in an arbitrary object framework.”
Specific devices mentioned in the suit are the LG Ally, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Captivate, Galaxy Fascinate, Galaxy Epic, Galaxy Mesmerize and the i500 touch-screen cell phone.
The suit also names Interwoven, an enterprise software company, which Vertical says infringed on one of the same patents as LG and Samsung.
The case was filed its in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
IDG News (via PCWorld) points out that Vertical sued Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) in 2008 also for infringing on one of the same patents. Some sleuthing work by patent blogger Florian Mueller revealed that case was settled for $1,533,000.
This Vertical case becomes the latest in a line of patent suits related to the open-source software-based Android. Others include Microsoft’s vs Motorola; (NYSE: MOT) Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) vs HTC; Oracle vs Google; (NSDQ: GOOG) Gemalto vs Google, Samsung, Motorola and HTC; and Apple vs Motorola.