Google will collect $1.3 million from patent troll that sued its customers

1 12 2014
In January, Google won a jury trial against a so-called “patent troll” called Beneficial Innovations, which sued dozens of media companies over online ad patents.

But it wasn’t a defensive win in which Google lawyers were laying out arguments about why they didn’t infringe a patent. Instead, Google had gone on the offensive and said that Beneficial’s 2011 patent lawsuit against a dozen major media companies was a breach of contract.

Google had already paid for a license, and then Beneficial went ahead and sued lots of companies that were simply users of Google’s Doubleclick ad tech. (Beneficial’s targets included Advance Publications, which owns Conde Nast and is the parent company of Ars Technica.)


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