Google Evades IP Claims In Safe-Shopping Patent Suit

By Jeff Sistrunk (July 29, 2013, 9:48 PM EDT) -- Google Inc. on Monday escaped a patent infringement lawsuit by online safe-shopping service buySAFE Inc. claiming Google infringed its patented method for guaranteeing online transactions, after a Delaware federal judge ruled that the core concept of the method is abstract and therefore not patentable. 

U.S. District Judge Leonard P. Stark granted Google's motion for summary judgment declaring buySAFE's patent invalid. In Monday's order, Stark said the disputed patent — U.S. Patent Number 7,644,019, titled "Safe transaction guaranty" — didn't meet the threshold for patent eligibility. 

BuySAFE sued Google in December 2011, alleging Google's Trusted Stores initiative violates a patent at the...

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