Google Sued for Patent Infringement for Its “GDrive”

By Joseph Mandour on June 11, 2012

Patent Dispute Los Angeles – In April, Google released its free storage component referred to as Google Drive or “GDrive”, to the public. The GDrive offers Google account holders access to store up to 5GB on its ‘cloud’. By storing software on a cloud, a Google user is able to access their stored items through multiple machines or other services provided online. However, in a lawsuit filed this week SuperSpeed, a small company based out of Massachusetts, claims that the newly released Google Drive infringes on its existing patent. The allegedly infringing U.S. Patent Number 5,918,244 in question was issued in 1999 and is described as a “method and system for coherently caching I/O devices across a network.”

In documentation for the ’244 patent the functionality of the cache is described as “regularly accessed disk I/O data within RAM that forms part of a computer system’s main memory. The cache operates across a network of computers systems, maintaining cache coherency for the disk I/O devices that are shared by the multiple computer systems within that network.”

Google, the world’s largest search engine, is currently involved in multiple intellectual property related lawsuits and has yet to comment on SuperSpeeds’ allegations. In the lawsuit, SuperSpeed claims, “In this configuration, multiple computers can all communicate with each other and can all access data from the same data storage device or devices, such as hard disks. For example, a bank might have hundreds of computers as part of its network, some for employees handling customer service calls, others for employees running credit checks for loan applications, and so forth. Each of these computers needs access to the bank’s customer’s credit card records, which are stored on a series of hard disks.”

In 1999, the ’244 patent was originally issued to EEC which was purchased by SuperSpeed in the same year. In the “News” portion of its website, SuperSpeed has made note of a patent infringement lawsuit that the company won against Oracle. We will all have to wait and see if SuperSpeed comes out with a win against Google similar to the David and Goliath lawsuit it mentions on its website. SuperSpeed is seeking an injunction against Google for the infringing services as well as royalties.

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