SimpleAir Wins a $85 Million Jury Verdict Against Google

A Texas jury has awarded SimpleAir, Inc. $85 million from Google for infringing the company’s patent generally relating to transmitting Internet-based data to computers and mobile devices. Google’s accused services included Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) and Android Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM), which are used by Google to process and send notifications to handheld devices that run on Google’s Android operating system.

The verdict, handed down on March 19, stemmed from the second trial between SimpleAir and Google. The first trial occurred in late January and resulted in a finding of infringement against Google. But the jury in the first trial was unable to agree on the exact amount of damages to be awarded to SimpleAir. During this second trial involving a new jury, SimpleAir sought up to $146 million in damages, while Google took the position that the patented invention was worth no more than $6 million. As with most large patent verdicts, an appeal will likely follow.

SimpleAir is based in Plano, Texas. It describes itself as being “an inventor-owned technology licensing company.” The company was founded by two of the asserted patent’s inventors in an effort to license their technology. The asserted patent is U.S. Patent No. 7,035,914, entitled “System and method for transmission of data.”