Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Google Wins Case Brought by Selex

Case Filed: Oct 21, 2009

Case Closed: May 10, 2013

Judge: Thomas W. Thrash, Jr.

Court: Georgia Northern District Court

Case Summary: 
Selex Communications accused Google of infringing a patent for devices and methods of making a mobile telephone call. Selex Communications provides audio ancillaries to military, police, emergency services, and border patrol worldwide. The patent involved in this suit is US6308070 entitled Method and apparatus of minimizing incurred charges by the remote origination of telephone calls, issued on Oct 23, 2001 and expires[i] by Feb 04, 2019. The patent is currently assigned[ii] to Selex (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database). 

The complaint stated that Google provides telecommunication services that include features such as Click2Call, which is claimed in the ‘070 patent. 

The Court has rendered its final verdict in the case favoring Google. The Judge declared the claims asserted by Selex are invalid and not infringed by Google’s accused products/services. 

See 1:09-cv-02927 for more details. To get alerts on cases filed/closed, subscribe to our Litigation Alerts.

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[i] Expected expiration date. Patent Term Estimator is a free web-based tool that automatically calculates patent terms and expiration dates for U.S. utility patents.
[ii] MaxVal offers Patent Assignment Alert service where subscribers receive email alerts when assignments relating to target applications, patents or entities of interest are recorded.

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