SimpleAir is going after Google for $125 million after a jury found that the push notification services in Android in infringing on their patent. The jury said that Google infringed SimpleAir’s patent through the Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) and Android Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM) services.
Google processes and sends notifications for Android applications using those two services. The push notifications are generally used for web applications like Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail. The jury decided that SimpleAir’s #7,035,914 was valid and was infringed by Google based on a filing with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division. The patent is based on a ?system and method for transmission of data.?
The jury did not reach a unanimous decision about the amount of damages to award for the infringement. A separate jury will be deciding on the amount in a limited second trial. SimpleAir wants damages for more than $125 million. Google’s attorney asks for a mistrial on all of the issues, according to PCW.
Apple already licenses technology from SimpleAir. Apple settled a patent lawsuit with them in May 2012. SimpleAir also made a similar agreement with BlackBerry and Microsoft.