IconFind Hits Google With Search Patent Suit

Law360, New York (February 4, 2011, 2:32 PM EST) -- Google Inc. is under attack from IconFind Inc. for allegedly infringing an Internet search patent on various photo-editing and publishing websites.

The complaint, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, claims Google’s sites that incorporate Creative Commons copyright licenses categorize and search information using a method protected by IconFind’s patent.

Creative Commons licenses allow the distribution of copyrighted works.

Specifically, Google’s user-written article database Knol, its library site Google Books and the Picasa photo-editing site infringe U.S. Patent Number 7,181,459...
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