By Susan Decker – Google paid to license the patents at issue in those cases on its own behalf as well as its users’.
Even so, the legal assault by Beneficial, a so-called patent troll that files infringement suits in search of settlements, continued. So Google sued for breach of contract.
On Jan. 23 a jury in Marshall, Tex., agreed with the Mountain View (Calif.)-based company that the terms of the 2010 deal had been breached.
The nominal damages—$1—were more than enough in this case, since Google’s real objective was to enforce the terms of the deal and not back down. more> http://tinyurl.com/pjyzts4