It seems that patent-trolling-attorneys have found a juicy prey to sink their teeth into–Google.
Boston’s Northeastern University and technology company Jarg have filed a lawsuit against the search engine, alleging the company is infringing on one of their patents.
The patent describes a distributed database system that breaks search queries into fragments and distributes them to multiple computers in a network to get faster results. The patent was assigned to Northeastern University, which licensed it exclusively to Jarg, according to the lawsuit, filed last Tuesday with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
When you look at the details, you’ll see there’s really nothing here other than an attempt to earn a big payday from Google.
First, you have the attorney’s greed:
Jarg learned of the alleged infringement from a Boston-area lawyer who thought Google’s search technology resembled that covered by the patent, said Jarg’s president.
Second, you have technology company that we’ve never heard of:
Jarg develops an intellectual property suite called the Semantic Knowledge Indexing Platform, which it markets to life sciences and health care companies through a subsidiary, Semantx Life Sciences.
Lastly, we have an attempt to find a court that might rule in their favor:
The Marshall Division of the Texas district court, where the suit was filed, is seen as a friendly venue for patent litigators. Although none of the [parties] in the case are based there, the lawsuit argues it is an appropriate venue for the case because Google provides services there.
It looks like the perfect recipe for an out of court settlement to me.