SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (Gawkwire.com) GraphOn Corporation (OTCBB: GOJO), a leading worldwide developer of server-based application publishing and Web-enabling software solutions, announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) alleging infringement of four GraphOn patents.
The complaint, filed in United States District Court in the Eastern District of Texas, alleges infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,324,538 (the ‘538 patent), 6,850,940 (the ‘940 patent), 7,028,034 (the ‘034 patent) and 7,269,591 (the ‘591 patent) which protect GraphOn’s unique method of maintaining an automated and network-accessible database. The suit alleges that Google’s Base, AdWords, Blogger, Sites and YouTube online services infringe the GraphOn patents. The suit seeks permanent injunctive relief along with unspecified damages.
This lawsuit follows the filing of a lawsuit against AutoTrader.com, Inc. in November 2005 claiming infringement of the ‘538 and ‘940 patents, the filing of a lawsuit against Juniper Networks in August 2007 claiming infringement of GraphOn patents which protect GraphOn’s fundamental network security and firewall technologies, and the March 2008 filing of a lawsuit against Classified Ventures, LLC, IAC/InterActiveCorp, Match.com, LLC, Yahoo! Inc., eHarmony.com, and CareerBuilder, LLC alleging infringement of the four patents included in the Google lawsuit. In January 2008 GraphOn announced a license agreement and the end of its legal dispute with AutoTrader.com.
GraphOn obtained the ‘538 and ‘940 patents and the applications that resulted in the ‘034 and ‘591 patents as part of its acquisition of Network Engineering Software, Inc. (NES) in February 2005. In addition to the subject patents, GraphOn acquired intellectual property, other patents, and other patent applications resulting from more than ten years of development effort by NES.
“The number of patents now owned by GraphOn as a result of the NES acquisition has increased to twenty-three, a number that is expected to continue to increase as patent applications on file at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office mature into issued patents,” said Robert Dilworth, GraphOn’s chief executive officer. “Aggressively protecting the technology represented in these patents is an important part of maximizing their value to GraphOn.”