Jury Finds Bedrock Technologies’ Data Storage Patent Not Infringed by Yahoo
- May 16, 2011
May 10, 2011- A Texas jury determined that Bedrock Technologies (NPE) data storage patent was not infringed by Yahoo. Bedrock originally filed the suit against a number of software and e-commerce companies in June 2009 alleging infringement of a patent that Bedrock had acquired from an individual inventor in April of that year. AOL, Amazon, Google, Match.com, MySpace, PayPal, Red Hat, SoftLayer, and Yahoo were among the defendants. The patent-in-suit relates to the deletion of expired data from information records. Following a denial of defendants’ motion to invalidate the patent based on indefiniteness, Google was found to infringe claims 1 and 2 of the patent in April 2011 and ordered to pay $5 million to Bedrock. (Google’s infringing products included list storage systems and information retrieval performed on Linux servers.) Amazon, AOL, MySpace and SoftLayer settled soon after the Google decision; other defendants (apart from Yahoo) had settled earlier. Bedrock was represented by attorney Sam Baxter of McKool Smith. Yahoo was represented by Christopher Bright of McDermott Will.