SimpleAir Seeks $125 Million from Google Following Android Patent Victory

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Patent holding company SimpleAir says that it has won a patent battle against Google and is seeking USD125 million in damages from the company.

The patent covers a method that Google uses for sending push-notifications to Android smartphones.

SimpleAir had alleged that Google's push notification services for the Android smartphones and tablets infringed five claims of its '914 patent.

However, while the jury agreed on all counts that the patent had been infringed, it was unable to agree on the scale of damages that Google should have to pay, which now triggers a second trial. SimpleAir said that it will seek damages in excess of $125 million.

The accused services are the Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) and Android Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM) services. The services are used by Google to process and send instant notifications for Android applications, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail.

"We are grateful for the jury's hard work in this case and pleased with their verdict," said John Payne, who is the lead inventor and majority owner of SimpleAir. "There was a lot of information presented to the jury and they did an exceptional job figuring out what mattered and what didn't. We look forward to addressing the issue of damages in the second trial and hope the jury in that trial will be as dedicated as this one was."

SimpleAir holds eight issued U.S. Patents and several pending patent applications in the areas of wireless content delivery, mobile applications, and push notifications. SimpleAir has licensed its inventions to many leading technology companies.

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