A company called SimpleAir has successfully sued Google over a patent violation in regards to push notification. After the jury sided with SimpleAir over the offending apps, Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) and Android Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM), the company is now seeking $125 million in damages.
All five counts brought against Google were met with a guilty verdict in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, and its demands for a mistrial were not granted. Google stands in violation of SimpleAir’s patent number 7,035,914 on a “system and method for transmission of data.”
While able to unanimously agree on the guilty verdicts, the jury was unable to decide on the amount of damages owed to SimpleAir. A separate jury will be chosen to determine how much Google will owe in the end.
SimpleAir’s Official Website describes itself as “an inventor-owned technology licensing company,” and its own five patents titled “System and method for transmission of data.” Its portfolio is licensed to several companies, including Apple.