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Monday, November 12, 2007

Google facing lawsuit over search technology

Google faces a federal patent infringement lawsuit filed last week in Marshall, Texas. Marshall is the U.S. court with a history of decisions that have been highly favourable to plaintiffs in patent cases. The plaintiffs are Boston based Jarg Corp. and Northeastern University; Jarg is a startup that was founded by a Northeastern professor and is the exclusive licensee of a search technology that was patented in 1997 ahead of Google incorporation. The Globe and Mail says "The case centres on U.S. patent No. 5,694,593, entitled “Distributed Computer Database System and Method,” which was invented by Dr. Kenneth Baclawski, an associate professor in Northeastern's computer science department." This should get interesting!