Google Finds Themselves In Hot Water After Courts Rule Against Them

Good Thing Google Has Deep Pockets…

The search engine tycoon, Google, was recently ordered to pay $20 million after the courts found they infringed on four different anti-malware patents.  The infringement involved the development of the company’s popular web browser, Chrome.

According to The Next Web, the suit originated in 2013 after Alfonso Cioffi and, the now-deceased Lucent engineer, Allen Rozman filed for patent infringement.  The case was eventually was escalated to the Federal courts.  The final ruling was provided on Friday, February 10, 2017.  Google tried to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, but that action was denied.

I’m sure Google isn’t happy about forking over that kind of dough, but it won’t break the bank, considering the company’s 2016 net income topped $19.5 billion.  The news also hasn’t appeared to have any kind of long standing impact on their shareholders either.  Over the last five days, Google stock shares have increased by roughly 1.5%.  The company has experienced a few dips in market value, but nothing that they haven’t bounced back from within hours.


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26 thoughts on “Google Finds Themselves In Hot Water After Courts Rule Against Them

  1. Just a quick question. I keep seeing people say give me my money. Which of you actually had a copyright patent infringed upon?

  2. must have been a slow news day, does anyone think Google cares about $20 million, or being proved wrong?
    and which of you has something both better and realistic to suggest?

  3. I recently got an auto restart bug with the title “funny” from a message on Gmail. Three anti-virus tools could not find it including PC-matic, probably because it was disguised as a data file rather than an application. It was planted in the start-up files and I had to manually hunt and find it, delete quickly and empty recycle bin quickly.
    It comes with a message warning of restart in 10 minutes and a phone number to call for “help” ($)


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    Thank you seems so small to express my gratitude for PCMatic. Maybe I can say THANK YOU!

    THANK YOU on behalf of myself, my family and all of our computers. Going through the huge flood we are currently going through with over 160,000 plus homes damaged by the flood waters and ours and all our neighbors among that group, having a computer without any troubling malware is such a blessing especially at this time. We use our computers to plan and coordinate meals, plan and coordinate relief workers et al. The peace of mind that PCMatic brings to us is worth so much more than our lifetime membership.

  6. I have Google chrome on my laptop and my cell phone and since I stalled it for the malware, both keeps freezing up and I have o shut them down then I have to figure or the problem. No issues until I installed Google chrome.

    • @Helen Roda: I removed Chrome from everything. Had nothing but trouble after installing it. I’d get popup’s telling me I had malware and wanting money to get rid of it. I’d run PC Matic and everything was fine. Finally took out Chrome and all is well. Install Chrome? DON’T DO IT!

      • @Paul Yockers: Paul what did you install instead of Chrome. I’ve had so many problems with this. Whistles and bells going off telling me to call a number so they can get it taken care of. This has happened several times to me and I don’t know where I am at this point on my computer.

  7. While fixing typos (or poor understanding of grammar), fix ” The case was eventually was escalated …” and “… stealing infections have become all-to-common” from the ransomware piece.

  8. Chrome has been an intrusive “shove it down your throat” application for far too long . . . Any fines, however unrelated to their forced Chrome updates, are welcome. Our justice system might next consider addressing the crime of Windows 10 being forced upon unwilling internet users. While were at it, our Facebook buddy, Zuckerberg should have one of his T-shirts stuffed down his sophmoric throat. I’d purchase an expensive front-row seat. He could recite his recent “manifesto,” as he gags to death. Excuse me if I’ve wandered off point.

  9. so where are the details of the issue? or the whole hype of article is how much google had to pay?! that’s real newsworthy for sure! billions millions, hot water – great story here mr journalist! 😀 haha

    • @jongas:
      Ms. Thrailkill is a marketing and PR person, not a journalist, as she painfully demonstrates over and over and over again. Here’s the scoop:

      Bleeping Computer, February 13, 2017

      “After five years of litigation at various levels of the US legal system, today, following the conclusion of a jury trial, Google was ordered to pay $20 million to two developers after a jury ruled that Google had infringed on three patents when it designed some of Chrome’s anti-malware features.

      The owners of these patents are Alfonso J. Cioffi and the family of Allen Rozman, who died in 2012, shortly after he filed the patent infringement lawsuit.

      The two argued that Google broke four patents when it put together Chrome’s sandbox feature, which takes suspicious web content and executes it in a separate web browser process, in an enclosed and safe environment, to protect crucial browser files….

      Google won initial ruling but lost the appeal
      Initially, Google won a first ruling in the case in 2013, but later lost the appeal at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 2015.

      At the heart of both decisions was the phrase “web browser process,” which Google said it was too generic to describe the anti-malware features it included in Chrome.”

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