While Google is getting some attention today for releasing the latest version of Google Earth to coincide with the "Where 2.0" conference, it also may have waited to find out whether a court was going to shut the software down. On Friday, though, a judge denied a preliminary injunction that would have stopped Google from offering the software, due to a company that claims to own the patent on displaying real photographic content within a flight simulator environment. This follows the recent Supreme Court ruling that hopefully should make such patent injunctions less common. It's good to see judges not automatically jumping forward with injunctions in patent disputes, and at least allowing the rest of the case to play out.
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