The US Supreme Court will not hear a case against Google over Chrome technology

The US Supreme Court will not hear a case against Google over Chrome technology

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  • A jury awarded the inventors millions for technology from the Google Chrome browser
  • The Court of Appeal decided that the inventors’ patents were invalid

Nov 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld a decision in favor of Google Inc (GOOGL.O) that invalidated a $20 million jury patent ruling against the tech giant over anti-malware technology in its Chrome web browser. With it.

The Supreme Court has refused to review a US Court of Appeals decision that held Alfonso Cioffi and Allen Roseman’s patents invalid, ending a decade-long legal battle between the inventors and Google.

The inventors’ attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A Google spokesperson said the company had no comment.

Cioffi and Roseman’s daughters sued Google in East Texas federal court in 2013, alleging that Chrome’s anti-malware functionality infringed patents on technology that prevents malware from accessing important files on a computer.

A jury ruled in favor of the inventors in 2017 and awarded them $20 million in damages for patent infringement plus ongoing royalties, which their attorney said at the time was expected to total nearly $7 million annually for the next nine years.

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit invalidated the patents last April, overturning the ruling. The Court of Appeal said that the three patents, which were reissued from an earlier patent, did not meet the statutory requirements to cover the subject matter disclosed in the original patent.

The decision “creates another barrier for patent holders to obtain patent rights on inventions that may be considered novel and patentable,” the inventors said in their petition to the Supreme Court last month.

“This is the wrong direction for the US patent system, which has been under siege for decades by big technology companies, like the defendant, to weaken patents and the patent system for their own benefit,” the inventors told the judges.

Google did not respond to the petition.

The case is Cioffi v. Google LLC, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 23-421.

Inventors: Eric Benesic of Vasquez Benesic & Lindgren

For Google: Dan Bagatelle of Perkins Coie

Read more:

Google has won an appeal of a $20 million US patent ruling on Chrome technology

Google was ordered to pay $20 million to inventors involved in the patent case

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Blake Brittain reports in Washington

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Blake Brittain reports on intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, for Reuters Legal. He previously wrote for Bloomberg Law and Thomson Reuters Practical Law and practiced law. Contact: +12029385713

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