Thursday, September 19, 2013

Google Lawsuits Settled

Plaintiff: Brilliant Optical Solutions

Case Filed: Apr 10, 2013

Case Closed: Sep 16, 2013

Case Summary:
A patent infringement case was filed by Brilliant Optical Solutions in Missouri Western District Court, which alleged that their patent US5555478 was infringed by Google. The patent is entitled ‘Fiber optic information transmission system’, issued on Sep 10, 1996 and expires* by Jun 15, 2015. The patent covers fiber optic network that includes fiber optic lines operating in conjunction with shunting and routing devices that divert information through a network to the intended subscriber. Brilliant Optical Solutions is the current assignee+ of the patent (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database).

The complaint said “Google owns, operates, maintains, sells, offers for sale, makes, and uses a fiber optic transmission system as claimed in the ’478 patent.” Plaintiff cites the infringing product as Google System. The case is concluded as the parties filed joint motion to dismiss the case. Upon considering the joint motion filed, Court granted and ordered all claims to be dismissed with prejudice and counterclaims without prejudice with each party to bear their costs and expenses incurred.

Plaintiff: EMG Technology

Case Filed: Jul 10, 2012

Case Closed: Sep 13, 2013

Case Summary:

A patent infringement case was filed by EMG Technology in Texas Eastern District Court, claiming that their patent US7441196, entitled ‘Apparatus and method of manipulating a region on a wireless device screen for viewing, zooming and scrolling internet content’ was infringed. The patent was legally issued on Oct 21, 2008 and expires* by Nov 15, 2019. EMG is the current assignee+ of the patent (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database).

Google's Chrome Mobile browser was said to infringe EMG's '196 Patent by displaying mobile webpages on smart phones and tablets using EMG's patented simplified navigation system, which permits users to navigate a touch screen with unique inputs and to manipulate the screen for zooming and scrolling, as said in the complaint.

The case is dismissed and claims asserted in this suit between Plaintiff EMG and Defendant Google are dismissed pursuant to the terms of the joint stipulation of dismissal. The parties will incur their respective costs and expenses.

See 4:13-cv-00356 and 6:12-cv-00439 for more details. To get alerts on cases filed/closed, subscribe to our Litigation Alerts.

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