Google sued $ 1.3 million from patent troll

    Google went on principle and decided to punish the patent troll , which extorted money from the company's customers.

    Back in January, Google won a lawsuit against Beneficial Innovations, because it demanded royalties from dozens of media sites for infringement of patents for online advertising. The reason for filing a lawsuit was that they were customers of the Google Doubleclick banner network, while Google had already paid for the license and protected its customers from paying such deductions.

    In January, the court recognized the correctness of Google and appointed a symbolic payment of $ 1 in favor of the plaintiff. But Google’s goal was not to protect against the troll, but to attack. The objective was to defeat Beneficial Innovations in his “native land,” that is, in Texas, whose court usually supports patent trolls.

    Google soon went on the attack and filed a new lawsuit, forcing the troll to pay almost full compensation for legal costs. On August 26, 2014, the court reviewed the earlier decision and set compensation in the amount of $ 1.3 million.

    This is a small amount for Google (as much as the search engine earns in about 10 minutes of work). But there was a fundamental question - to withdraw money from the troll and fight it to the end, which turned out very successfully. For Beneficial Innovations, this is a much more sensitive amount, because it itself was spent on litigation, and now it is also forced to compensate for the costs of the enemy.

    True, the amount of compensation was $ 101 thousand less than requested, because the court refused to compensate the money paid by Google to independent experts who testified in court.

    Two Beneficial Innovations patents were filed in the case : 6,712,702 , the “continuation” of the infamous patent for network games, and 7,496,943 for a system for displaying advertisements.

    By the way, the Beneficial Innovations patent for network games is included in the list of the Electronic Frontiers Fund as one of the 10 patents that pose the greatest danger to the public domain.

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