Google Contract Win Shows License Deals Can Thwart Trolls

Law360, New York (January 29, 2014, 9:04 PM EST) -- A jury's recent decision that a nonpracticing entity's patent deal with Google Inc. prevented it from suing the tech giant's customers sends a message to companies that a well-crafted license agreement can keep patent trolls out of their customers' hair, attorneys say.

A jury ruled last week that Beneficial Innovations Inc. had breached its licensing deal with Google by suing its customers over the same patents. The court's finding that Google's contract was broad enough to cover its customers can serve as a model for other...
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