Patents

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
android, chrome, east texas, patent troll

Companies:
emg technology, google



Google Sued For Patent Infringement For Mobile Chrome

from the of-course dept

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.

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    edinjapan (profile), 12 Jul 2012 @ 5:25am

    What would happen if

    A big company such as Google were to tell the judge "We're NOT paying!" And then backed up the statement by going to the press and stating if they get hit by another frivolous patent they will move their company to a venue where these sort of things aren't allowed.

    By current estimates Google is worth in excess of US$200 billion and if that money and the jobs it provides were to be suddenly removed from the US economy and moved north to Canada or west to Singapore what would that say to the world.

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