Skyhook Drags Google to the courts Alleging Patent Infringement
Skyhook, a Wi-Fi based location detection database organization has launched its war against Google and has claimed that the later has allegedly infringed upon none of its patented Geo-location entities. The incident has come as a shocker to many people who cannot believe that any company having such a stature like Google can infringe upon others, in order to gain popularity.
Google had been dragged into the court of Massachusetts by Skyhook on the basis of an allegation stating that the web-giant has been using the services of four technologies of location finding that has been originally patented by Skyhook itself. Skyhook has also submitted copies of the documents that proves its patent over the technology, and has also claimed compensation from Google, for the damages made. The complaint states that all the nine patents dealing with the marking of the location through nearby access points of WLAN has been patented by Skyhook. This system works even at points where the GPS signals fail to operate. The technology used while using wireless signals minimizes the loss of power by the GPS receivers.
Skyhook has also alleged that Google was fully aware of the portfolio of patent of the technology ever since Michael Shean, the senior vice president of Skyhook, informed various employees of Google from 2005 onwards. It is even said that Mr. Shean even met the additional employees of Google and have exchanged views and other opinions about the technology and its patented nature in between 2006 and 2007.