Google Can't Duck Willful Infringement Claim In Patent Row

Law360, Los Angeles (September 16, 2013, 6:38 PM EDT) -- A Delaware federal judge on Monday refused to dismiss a willful infringement claim against Google Inc. in a patent infringement action brought by patent licensor Clouding IP LLC, yet he did dismiss Clouding’s induced infringement claims for failing to show that Google intended or encouraged others to directly infringe. 

North Carolina-based Clouding launched the patent infringement suit last year, asserting infringement of nine U.S. patents. Three months later, Clouding filed an amended complaint adding claims of induced and willful infringement. Google moved to dismiss the amended complaint in October, according to court documents.

Google argued that the willful infringement claim should...

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