“Documents in Skyhook’s third legal action against Google have surfaced, accusing Google co-founder Sergey Brin of disparaging it towards Apple in the early days of geolocation on Apple’s iPhone,” Electronista reports. “Skyhook believes that Brin ‘had discussions with Apple representatives about Apple’s announcement regarding Skyhook’s location technology and Google’s displeasure with it.'”
Electronista reports, “In its court filings, Skyhook claims that ‘Having apparently disparaged Skyhook’s technology to Apple, Google proceeded to then launch the same Wi-Fi based location technology by infringing Skyhook’s patents. Thus, Mr. Brin’s statements and documents may be relevant to Google’s willful infringement because they would show Google’s awareness of Skyhook’s technology at the highest echelons of the company. Mr. Brin’s statements and actions may also be relevant to non-obviousness of Skyhook’s patents if in fact Mr. Brin disparaged the same methodology that Google soon after employed and monetized.'”
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