Del. Judge Clears Google Again In Spreadsheet IP Case

By Britain Eakin (September 10, 2020, 6:05 PM EDT) -- A Delaware federal judge has found that Google Sheets does not infringe several spreadsheet patents owned by a unit of major patent licensing firm Acacia after the Federal Circuit nixed the district court's earlier decision in the case that the patents are invalid.

U.S. District Judge Leonard P. Stark ruled in an opinion Wednesday that Google can't infringe the Data Engine Technologies LLC patents, which cover 3D spreadsheets, because Google Sheets is not in 3D.

"It is undisputed that Google Sheets does not allow a user to define the relative position of cells in all three dimensions and is, therefore, incapable...

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