Thursday, March 13, 2014

Who is bringing that patent infringement suit against you?

A Bloomberg story discusses aspects of patent ownership, and illustrates issues with a patent infringement suit against Google:

Suffolk claimed Google’s AdSense program used patented inventions related to how an Internet server responds to requests for files from web pages without paying it royalties. 

According to court papers, Suffolk is owned by Corporate Research Partners, which is owned by IPValue, formed in 2001 by a joint venture of Goldman Sachs, General Atlantic Partners and Boston Consulting Group. British Telecom obtained the patents in 1997, then transfered them to IPValue in 2011 for licensing or suing infringers -- with BT getting a cut of any proceeds.


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