Google and Facebook Lose In Patent Lawsuit Dismissal

Posted May 27, 2011

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Facebook attempted to dismiss a patent lawsuit filed against them by Wireless Ink Corp. Wireless Ink is a New York based company that designs software that allows people to use social networks on their mobile devices. Wireless Ink Corp. is allowed to pursue a lawsuit that claims that Google Buzz and Facebook Mobile are infringing on their patent.

The ruling was made by U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in Manhattan. The patent is related to a method that helps novice mobile phone users to create mobile-compatible websites that other mobile device users can see. Wireless Ink wants Facebook and Google to halt their alleged infringement. Google and Facebook also wants compensatory and triple damages.

Wireless Ink filed for the patent in January 2004, three years before Facebook launched their mobile website and six years before Google launched Buzz.

“If two of the most resource-rich, patent-savvy and technologically advanced companies leading the Internet were not aware of the ‘983 patent, despite its potential ramifications upon a major segment of the defendants’ business,” stated Wireless Ink, “this was solely due to a deliberate indifference on the part of defendants.”