Albright Rejects Google's Bid To Delay Patent Trial Amid Virus

By Ryan Davis (January 13, 2022, 6:20 PM EST) -- Western District of Texas Judge Alan Albright has denied Google's request to postpone a patent trial over the company's Nest smart thermostats from Jan. 31 to March 28, ruling that the company won't be harmed if witnesses concerned about COVID-19 testify remotely.

The judge declined on Wednesday to move the trial in the case brought by smart home energy company EcoFactor because "Google has no evidence that the omicron variant will die down in eight weeks," and that the parties have agreements about pandemic measures that will ensure the trial will be fair.

"These agreements include a prohibition against using COVID-19...

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