Google Hit With $30M Verdict Over Search Ad Patents

Law360, New York (November 6, 2012, 8:26 PM EST) -- A Virginia federal jury on Tuesday found that Google Inc., AOL Inc. and three other companies had infringed ringtone maker Vringo Inc.'s patented search engine advertisement technology, awarding the smaller company $30.5 million in damages.

Following a year of litigation and a two-week trial, the jurors said Google, AOL, IAC Search & Media Inc., Gannett Co. Inc. and Target Corp. infringed the asserted claims of two Vringo patents, which describe a ranking system used by search engines to target ads at consumers, according to Vringo....
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