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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    trenchman, 11 Jul 2012 @ 11:40pm

    Vagueness

    I wouldn't be nearly as annoyed by law suits on patent infringement is the patents weren't so damn vague. An "apparatus and method of manipulating a region on a wireless device screen for viewing, zooming and scrolling internet content." It goes into no detail as to what type of "apparatus", how it would be controlled, in what way it actually affects the screen. Seriously, "viewing" is part of the patent? Shouldn't any device that allows viewing internet content on any part of the screen be in violation of their patent? I guess maybe if it isn't "manipulating a region" of it it won't matter, but a lot of websites are re-arranged to fit on smaller wireless devices, couldn't that be considered manipulation?

    Patents need to be more specific or else I'm gonna patent a "device to do things in a direct or indirect way leading to a specific, general, intended, or unintended outcome." and make millions suing people over it.

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