Previous rulings favoring Vringo nullified, revenue percentage payout killed
A long-standing court battle between Vringo's I/P Engine and Google is grinding to a halt in the Mountain View-base ad agency's favor. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit declared two patents of Vringo's invalid, nullifying a jury verdict that found the search engine giant and others liable for a total $30 million in damages plus a percentage of Google Adwords profits. The ruling is the latest in a string of verdicts calling into question the overall validity of software functionality patents over that of the code itself.
Vringo award estimated to be $225 million per year for four years
Non-practicing entity Vringo, under the practicing name I/P Engine, won a trial against Google on the strength of Lycos patents back in 2012, and was awarded $30 million. Google then changed the AdWords program, attempting to circumvent Vringo's patents; but earlier today, US District Judge Raymond Jackson finalized his ruling made last week that the new offering is not "colorably different" than the old program. After a patent-licensing negotiation ordered by the judge failed to produce results, Google must now pay 1.36 percent of its AdWords revenue.
Google had moved to dismiss patent suit based on Lycos tech
Google and four other companies were found by a jury in Virginia to have infringed on patents held by Vringo, and the companies must now pay Vringo about $30 million for those infringements. First filed in 2011, the lawsuit also included AOL, IAC Search & Media, and Gannett, and Target Corp. Of the $30 million fine, Google will pay $15.8 million, AOL $7.9 million, IAC Search & Media $6.6 million, and Gannet $4,322. Vringo had been hoping for at least $696 million in compensation from the judgment.
Lawsuit over advertising placement, web search technology
US District Judge Raymond Jackson has denied Google a motion for a summary dismissal of Vringo's patent lawsuit. First filed in 2011, the lawsuit claims that Google, AOL, and InterActiveCorp (IAC) violated two acquired patents: one related to web searches, and the other involving advertising placement based on search keywords. Vringo is seeking at least $696 million from the search engine for violation of its patents.