XEROX SUES YAHOO & GOOGLE OVER SEARCH-ENGINE PATENTS

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XEROX SUES YAHOO & GOOGLE OVER SEARCH-ENGINE PATENTS

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    XEROX SUES YAHOO & GOOGLE OVER
    SEARCH-ENGINE PATENTS

     Feb. 2010 –
    Google Inc. and Yahoo! Inc., owners of the two biggest U.S. search
    engines, were sued by Xerox Corp. over patent-infringement claims
    related to search queries and data integration.The suit, filed Feb. 19
    in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, seeks cash compensation and an
    order that would prevent Yahoo, Google and Google’s YouTube from
    further using the patented Xerox technology without permission.

    The
    inventions come from Xerox research into managing documents on the Web,
    said Bill McKee, a spokesman for the Norwalk, Connecticut-based
    company.“We’ve been in dialogue with Google and Yahoo for some time
    without coming to a resolution,” McKee said in a telephone interview.
    “We believe we have no option but to file suit to properly protect our
    intellectual property.”One patent, issued in 2004, is for a way to
    automatically generate a query based on keyword searches. Xerox claims
    that Google’s AdSense and AdWords software, and Yahoo’s Search
    Marketing, Publishing Network and Y!Q Contextual Search software are
    infringing that patent.The second patent, issued in 2001, is for a way
    of updating pages based on user reviews. Google Maps, Google Video, the
    YouTube service and Yahoo Shopping all use that patented technique,
    Xerox contends.

    ‘Without Merit’
    “We believe these
    claims are without merit and we will defend against them vigorously,”
    said Catherine Lacavera, Mountain View, California-based Google’s senior
    litigation counsel.

    Officials with Sunnyvale, California-based
    Yahoo didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment.Google had 65.4
    percent of the U.S. search market in January, down from 65.7 percent in
    December, according to ComScore Inc. in Reston, Virginia. Microsoft’s
    market share rose to 11.3 percent in January from 10.7 percent the
    previous month, while Yahoo dropped to 17 percent from 17.3 percent,
    ComScore said.The case is Xerox Corp. v. Google Inc., 10cv136, U.S.
    District Court for the District of Delaware (Wilmington).