Vringo Wins U.S. Patent Case Against Google
Chalk one up for the little guys.
Vringo (NASDAQ: VRNG) on Wednesday afternoon won a patent ruling entitling the company to additional royalties from Google over its AdWords products.
Vringo, with a market cap of less than $300 million, was involved in a dispute with the Internet behemoth over its filtering technology to determine placement of advertisements on search results.
Google said that it had modified AdWords after it lost a $30.5 million verdict to Vringo in 2012. Google said that it believes it should not be responsible to pay any further royalties after May 11, 2013, when the changes were fully implemented.
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According to U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson, a modified version of AdWords is “nothing more than a colorable variation of the infringing system” and that Vringo has “proven that new AdWords, like old AdWords, infringes its patents by filtering based on the combination of collaborative and content data.”
Jackson concluded by stating that Vringo “is entitled to ongoing royalties as long as defendants continue to use the modified system.”
Shares of Vringo spiked higher by more than 20 percent following the news release.
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