updated 09:29 pm EST, Wed January 22, 2014
Google faces 'more than $125 million' damages for infringement
Google and SimpleAir's court case wrapped up its first phase today in the Eastern District of Texas. The jury found Google guilty of infringing SimpleAir's patent on its push notification implementation after a week-long trial. Google faces a seperate trail after a hung jury failed to resolve damages, but SimpleAir claims that it is seeking $125 million or more from the search engine giant.
SimpleAir had alleged that Google's push notification services for the Android smartphones and tablets infringed five claims of the '914 patent. The jury agreed unanimously on all counts of infringement, and also found unanimously that each claim was valid. The validity of the patent had previously been confirmed by the US Patent and Trademark Office during a reexamination proceeding that concluded in February 2013.
The accused services are the Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) and Android Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM) services. The services are used by Google to process and send instant notifications for Android applications, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail.
Other companies, including Apple, have settled out of court, avoiding a patent trial with the company. The company bills itself as an "inventor-owned technology licensing company with interests and intellectual property in the wireless content delivery, mobile application, and push notification market spaces." The same case targets Google, HTC, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and several other tech companies.