Microsoft hit with patent lawsuit by Vringo

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

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BrainDedd said,
I vote any patents that are to be used in legal action first be subject to review to determine their validity.
Should we send them to the Patent Office to have them validate their work? Or is there a body that will be staffed by politicians that will be better.

This just in, the Patent office is who reviews for validity.

jay_max said,
I'm starting to think that patents shouldn't apply to software coding.

They don't in alot of countries, New Zealand has being trying to remove patentability of software, but to much backlash has slowed it down.

I understand how much people invest in things but software is just too hard and costly to patent.

Lirodon said,
Argh, I thought Microsoft was made of money; why can't they just buy up the companies that sue them instead?

If MS thinks that the patents they're being sued over are in their favor why buy them? MS has been good at making licensing deals with lots of companies that have things they'd like to use. It'd just be a waste to buy them.

Is it just me or does this sound like extremely speak for any type of search? I collaborate with the site by typing in my search term then the site adapts its page to show the results of that "collaboration".
I wonder when this patent was granted as I can remember using SQL Servers' full text search back in the 90s that done exactly this.

I think it would be harder to win against Microsoft on these patents for the sole reason Microsoft has been doing mobile phones and mobile operating systems longer then most other companies.

Heck Microsoft has mobile and touch operating systems dating back to windows 3.1

Also the fact this trial takes place in New York and Not texas would make this difficult for them to win.

There is areason why they did not include Microsoft In their first trial.

Unfortunately, the legal system derives awards and judgments based on technicalities of the information presented and not solely on the merits of the arguments.

Both the Pharmaceutical Industries and Technology Industries have issues with the patent system... however they want it reformed in complete opposite ways (to benefit themselves).