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Intel, AMD, Nvidia, Sun, Microsoft & Google Sued for Patent Infringement

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Lol.. it's sue-ing season again. :D But this time it's the other way round, small companies are suing Big ones!:D

Intel, AMD, Nvidia, Sun Slammed With Patent Infringement Lawsuit

A small company called Implicit Networks, has managed to attract all the IT industry titans and drag them in a patent infringement lawsuit. AMD, Nvidia, Intel, Sun, Raza Microelectronics and Real Networks
have been called to the Court for an alleged patent infringement regarding Implict's intellectual property.

The lawsuit has been filled with the Washington Western District Court on February the 4th. It alleges that the chip manufacturers have breached patent number 6,629,163. Although we would rather refer it with its title than with the filling number, this time it's safer to call it the 6,629,163, because the extended name is likely to puzzle you even more. The 6,629,163, also referred to as "Methods and System for Demultiplexing a First Sequence of Packet Components to Identify Specific Components Wherein Subsequent Components are Processed without Re-identifying Components" was issued on September 30, 2003.

Implicit Network claims that Intel is abusing its intellectual property in its Viiv technology. AMD is accused of the same infringement, but in another technology, namely in its graphics processing units built by its graphics subsidiary, ATI. Raza is alleged to be (ab)using in in its Alchemy series of products. The list of accusations rolls on with Nvidia taking the heat for infringing the patent in its Stant Media software. Sun is accused of patent infringement and technology abuse in its Java Media Framework.

The demultiplexing technology relies on receiving packets of a message. The process implies the identification of a sequence of message handlers for processing the message. Finally, the identified message handlers effect the conversion of the data to the target data type through various intermediate data types.

If the description sounds complicated, the process itself is a lot more painful. What's obvious is that the Implicit Network company needs money, and dragging industry giants into court may be the right method of getting it, especially as Intel is known for its patent infringements.

Google Sued for Patent Infringement Alongside Microsoft

Google’s moneymaker is threatened by a lawsuit that will turn into a legal battle of epic proportions, should the claims turn out to be true. Microsoft’s adCenter is also in danger, but for the Redmond-based company it wouldn’t be such a bust as it does not derive 99 percent of its revenue from its advertising platform.

Liberty Township, Ohio-based Paid Search Engine Tools, filed
a lawsuit claiming that both the above mentioned platforms violated patent number 7,043,450 "Paid Search Engine Bid Management" that was granted on the ninth of May, 2006. Almost five years have passed since the moment it was filed, December 20th, 2002 until it was registered, in which time the two giants have had the time to develop a similar concept.

Yahoo!’s ad platform was the first to be targeted by PSET, six months ago, on the 13th of September 2007. The Sunnyvale-based company asked the court to invalid Paid Search Engine’s patent and dismiss the lawsuit. Yahoo! has been involved before in this kind of legal action when it sued Google over its paid search platform, which was settled just before the Mountain View-based company went public, in August 2004.

J. Robert Chambers, PSET’s attorney, said that the patent was for a method of optimizing keyword bids, according to Online Media Daily, and that the firm he represented used to provide this type of services to marketers. The three Internet giants cut into his client’s business when they started offering them and it was an insupportable situation and action had to be taken.

Following a trend of filing the lawsuits in IT patent plaintiff-friendly venues, Paid Search Engine Tools filed its case against Google and Microsoft in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division. The previous time Google was sued for patent infringement was over the way it pulled data from its databases, a case put together by Northeastern University associate professor Kenneth P. Baclawski.

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