Microsoft is the target of a new patent lawsuit by mobile phone software company Vringo, which has scored court victories against other companies like Google in the past for similar patent cases.
Vringo's press release stated that the lawsuit was actually filed by the company' subsidiary, I/P Engine, in the Southern District of New York. The press release states:
The lawsuit alleges infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,314,420 and 6,775,664, entitled "Collaborative/Adaptive Search Engine" and "Information Filter System and Method for Integrated Content-Based and Collaborative/Adaptive Feedback Queries," respectively.
Vringo is looking for a court judgement that Microsoft has indeed violated their two patents, along with past and future damages; a specific monetary amount of damages was not mentioned in the press release. Microsoft has yet to respond to the lawsuit.
Vringo got a jury in November to agree with its position that Google, AOL, IAC, Search & Media and Gannett had all violated two of the company's patents that it acquired in 2012 when it bought Innovate/Protect. However, the total amount of damages the jury awarded to Vringo was $30 million, far less than the $696 million Vringo was seeking from those companies.
Source: Vringo | Image via Vringo