Google Search Targeted In Data-Retrieval Patent Suit

Law360, San Diego (May 10, 2013, 10:41 PM EDT) -- Google Inc. was hit with a suit Friday in Texas federal court brought by a Taiwanese research institution that claims the search engine giant's Google Search and other products infringe its information retrieval system patent.

Taipei-based Institute for Information Industry alleges Google Search, Google+ Local and Google Places violate U.S. Patent Number 6,845,354, titled "Information retrieval system with a neuro-fuzzy structure," which was issued in January 2005. The patent covers an intelligent information system "capable of having a customizable thesaurus, tolerating erroneous inputs, performing and processing indefinite data and receiving software components," according to the complaint.

The institution alleges Google has...

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