Tag - Vringo
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.
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 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.
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.