U.S. court of appeals hands Google a patent setback

[IDG] Google Inc.’s browser tool bar is back in court on patent infringement charges, after a U.S. court of appeals overturned part of a lower court decision. Google’s AdSense contextual advertising service, though, is in the clear.Hyperphrase Technologies LLC filed suit against Google in April 2006, alleging that Google’s AdSense and the AutoLink function of its tool bar infringed on four Hyperphrase patents relating to the contextual linking and presentation of information. The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin rejected the allegations in a summary judgment in Google’s favor; Hyperphrase appealed.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,140857-c,browsers/article.htmlLawsuit against Google revived [Bloomberg]
Google Inc., owner of the most frequently used Internet search engine, must answer a Wisconsin company’s lawsuit over a browser toolbar feature that generates Web links from computer search data, a federal appeals court decided Wednesday.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit revived part of HyperPhrase Technologies’ lawsuit, throwing out a lower court ruling that Google’s AutoLink feature didn’t infringe the company’s patents.

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