by Mike Masnick
Wed, Jul 11th 2012 11:14pm
Because no new products can be released these days without getting sued for patent infringement, Google has been sued by EMG Technology -- yet another patent holder that isn't actually competing or innovating suing companies that are. The issue is Google's recently released Chrome browser for the mobile phone, which EMG claims violates its patent, 7,441,196 on an "apparatus and method of manipulating a region on a wireless device screen for viewing, zooming and scrolling internet content." EMG points out that Apple sought to have this patent re-examined and it survived. Despite the fact that the inventors of the patent all appear to reside in Southern California, EMG is located in Southern California and Google is based in Northern California, take one guess where this lawsuit was filed... Why East Texas, of course. Because that makes no sense at all. And people wonder why we say that the patent system has become a tax on innovation.
If you liked this post, you may also be interested in...
- Here Comes The Attempt To Reframe Silicon Valley As Modern Robber Barons
- The Weird Antitrust Questions Of A Google Chrome Ad Blocker
- Don't Wait For Google, Netflix Or Facebook's Help If You Want To Save Net Neutrality
- Supreme Court Says Patent Trolls Can Wait A While Before Suing
- Oracle Files Its Opening Brief As It Tries (Again) To Overturn Google's Fair Use Win On Java APIs