PTAB Nixes Patent In Suit Over Google 'Lucky' Button

Law360 (January 15, 2019, 10:31 PM EST) -- Google LLC scored a win in its fight with Israeli company Spring Ventures Ltd. over the technology behind the search giant’s “I’m Feeling Lucky” feature, when the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday said Spring Ventures’ patent for web searches without exact site addresses is invalid due to obviousness.

The three-judge PTAB panel said Spring Ventures’ Patent Number 8,661,094, which deals with search methodologies that enable users to pull up a website without using its exact address, would have been obvious at the time to someone with an undergraduate education in computer science and at least two years' experience with...

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