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Google Ordered to Pay $85 Million for Infringing Android Patent

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Google has been ordered to make a payment of USD85 million for infringing an Android patent owned by the patent holding company SimpleAir.

SimpleAir had been seeking USD125 million from Google, so while Google lost the court case, it at least was able to negotiate down the size of the damages it had to pay.

"The jury awarded far less than SimpleAir's excessive demand, but we continue to believe we do not infringe and are considering our options," said Matt Kallman, a spokesman for Mountain View, California-based Google.

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.

A court upheld that complaint earlier this year, but had not decided on the damages.

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

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