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article imageXerox sues Google, Yahoo over search engine patents

By Bob Ewing     Feb 24, 2010 in Business
Xerox filed the suit against Yahoo and Google, stating they had violated Internet search patents Xerox had been granted in 2001 and 2004.
Bill McKee, a spokesman for Xerox, in a telephone interview told Business Week, “We’ve been in dialogue with Google and Yahoo for some time without coming to a resolution. We believe we have no option but to file suit to properly protect our intellectual property.”
The two patents were issued in 2001 and 2004. The 2004 patent covers a method to automatically generate a query based on keyword searches.
The complaint alleges Google’s AdSense and AdWords software, and Yahoo’s Search Marketing, Publishing Network and Y!Q Contextual Search software are infringing that patent.
The 2001 patent is for a way of updating pages based on user reviews. Xerox suits says Google Maps, Google Video, the YouTube service and Yahoo Shopping all use that patented technique.
Catherine Lacavera, Mountain View, California-based Google’s senior litigation counsel told Business Week, "We believe these claims are without merit and we will defend against them vigorously.”
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