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Google Caught In Another Patent Dispute

Textscape bothered by Chrome's "find" feature

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It looks like at least a few of Google’s lawyers who specialize in patent law are about to get some work to do.  Google – along with Adobe – has been sued by a company named Textscape because the search giant allegedly violated a patent Textscape was granted in 1998. 

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Jeremy Kirk reports that the patent "covers a method for managing a body of text on a computer . . . .  Textscape says Google’s Chrome’s browser improperly uses the innovation."
 
And if that leaves you feeling a little befuddled, Kirk continues, "The lawsuit specifically mentions the ‘find’ feature in Chrome, which allows a search of text on a Web page and indicates the location of search hits in the scrollbar."

Interesting, eh?  It’s anybody’s guess how far the suit will get.  At this moment, the lawyers we mentioned earlier are probably researching examples of prior art. 

One thing that’s important to note, however, is that this suit isn’t a potential showstopper.  Whereas some companies have been known to claim that they deserve credit for part of Google’s search engine or advertising machine, Google could survive a change to the free Web browser that less than five percent of the online population uses.

Google Caught In Another Patent Dispute
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  • http://twitter.com/digideth B. Moore

    I am sorry but these patents lawsuits are RIDICULOUS!

    This patent should not have been able to a patent.

  • http://www.sitebyjames.com James

    Hey… I’m sorry… but until Google goes open source… All the power to the guys filing the claim…

    Good luck and may you actually shut Google Chrome down…

    And why are all the staff writers focused on who’s suing Google?

    Why not cover who Google is suing?

    These are pretty good…

    Google sues Froogles.com

    http://news.cnet.com/Google-sues-Froogles.com/2100-1030_3-5676955.html

    Google sues Polish poets over gmail.pl

    http://www.neowin.net/index.php?act=view&id=38195

    Google sues Microsoft over default search engine in Internet Explorer 7

    http://log.samat.org/2006/05/04/google-sues-microsoft-over-default-search-engine-in-internet-explorer-7

    I’m not really sure if any of it is true… who knows? Nobody seems to watch who Google sues…