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A plot twist in the Google and Profectus Case, jury of courts in Waco, Texas found that Google LLC’s Nest Hub products did not infringe any patent owned by Profectus Technology LLC dealing with a picture frame for displaying digital images. The jury of U.S. District Judge Alan Albright’s court also found that the relevant parts of the patent weren’t valid for registration. The jury of U.S. District Judge Alan Albright’s court is famously known as a hotspot for patent litigation.
Google was represented by the attorney Darin Snyder of O’Melveny & Myers. He, however, declined to comment on anything as such. And on the other hand, Profectus was represented by attorneys Casey Griffith and Michael Barbee of Griffith Barbee. Interestingly, they also preferred not to respond to a request for comment.
Profectus is based in Texas and Google in California. Profectus sued Google last year putting allegations on its Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max of infringing its patent. Both these technologies of Google control smart-home functions, display pictures, and play music, among other things. Profectus’ patent deals with a mountable picture frame for displaying several digital images in motion.
The jury found after a four-day trial: “Mountain View, California-based Google does not infringe the patent or induce others to infringe. And the five parts of the patent at issue are also not patentable.” Albright had instructed the jury saying, “Jury can find the patent invalid if their innovation has already been disclosed in earlier devices or publications. Google identified several patents and a Sony digital picture frame as relevant ‘prior art’ to the Profectus patent.”
The case can be reached with the name Profectus Technology LLC v. Google LLC, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas bearing Case No. 6:20-cv-00101.