Google Stumbles Into ANOTHER Legal Tangle
A Santa Monica, California, company has sued Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) for allegedly infringing on one of its patents through the Chrome mobile web browser. EMG Technology says Google is using its “patented simplified navigation system on smartphones and tablets,” and is seeking monetary damages and distribution injunction.
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Chrome can be downloaded from the Google Play store for Android devices and from Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) App Store for iOS devices. Chrome is also the default browser for Android’s newest version, Jelly Bean.
“Google’s Chrome Mobile Browser directly infringes the ‘196 patent by displaying mobile webpages on smart phones and tablets using EMG’s patented simplified navigation system, which permits users to navigate a touch screen with unique inputs and to manipulate the screen for zooming and scrolling,” EMG’s Elliot Gottfurcht said in a statement. “EMG has licensed its patent portfolio to 40 Fortune 200 companies that use EMG’s technology to display and navigate their mobile web sites on smartphones and tablets.”
In 2008, EMG had sued Apple after accusing the company of infringing on the same patent with it Safari iPhone browser.
Earlier in the week, Google was said to be close to a settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that will require it to pay $22.5 million, which is the harshest penalty ever imposed by the FTC.