Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Google, MasterObjects Settle Suit over Search Technique

Case Filed: Sep 17, 2013

Case Closed: Jan 23, 2014

Court: California Northern District Court

Judge: Phyllis J. Hamilton

Case Summary:
MasterObjects, a software development and design company sued Google accusing them of infringing a patent describing a method to immediately start showing search results while a user is still typing his query into the search box. The patent-in-suit, US patent number 8539024, is entitled ‘System and method for asynchronous client server session communication’, issued on Sep 17, 2013 and expiring[i] by Aug 20, 2021. Mark H Smit is one of the named inventors and founder of MasterObjects.

The complaint said that Google infringes the search technology that is claimed in the ‘024 patent and cites Google’s Instant, Suggest, Client Access Points for Search, Quick Search Box for Android, all of which provide search suggestions to a user as queries are typed. It was further stated in the document that Google had knowledge of the patent application since 2008.

The case is concluded as the plaintiff MasterObjects filed voluntary dismissal without prejudice.

The company has also sued and Microsoft, which offer custom search engines that start showing results while a user is entering his query.

See 4:13-cv-04304 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.

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