Google sued over Google Talk

By Derek Sooman on December 29, 2005, 1:27 PM
Google is back in the courts, this time being sued over Google Talk, its free internet telephony system. Rates Technology Inc (RTI) has brought a case against Google in New York, claiming that two of its patents have been infringed by Google. Both relate to technology designed to minimising the cost of calls over the internet. RTI has demanded damages and court costs.

Googleís recent deal to buy a 5 per cent stake in AOL for $1 billion could help it sidestep the litigation. Under the terms of the AOL deal, Google Talk users will be able to talk to users of AOLís TotalTalk system. Analysts noted that Google may also be able to licence AOLís VoIP (voice over internet protocol) technology.




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asphix said:
You get popular, make it big, make lots of money and everyone wants a piece of ya. At least google has the $$ to put up a good fight.. will be interesting to see how this pans out.
nathanskywalker said:
[b]Originally posted by asphix:[/b][quote]You get popular, make it big, make lots of money and everyone wants a piece of ya. At least google has the $$ to put up a good fight.. will be interesting to see how this pans out.[/quote]yeah, no joke. You know, that's just stupid to go sue google. Gosh, those people are most likely just in it for the money. Google talk is a good program, and it's free(as most I.M's are), so if you don't want to use it, don't.
luismigilbert said:
i agree with both of you...how many times google have been sue?
Eleventeen said:
Probably too many to count. Google is one of the best companies out there. I think that they are not rotten like most of the other ones, most. Example: Sony and the rootkit things. I dont know why so many people want to sue Google, they are just wasting their time.
kokomen said:
The more money you has, more you get.My father says so every and everyday, and if you are one of the bigger companies in the world... nothing more to say.
sngx1275 said:
If google is using technology RTI copyrighted then RTI deserves compensation for it. Regardless of how "good" Google is, they are not above the law.If they can skirt around this and use AOL's technology then all the better, but you can't just go stealing other people's ideas.
Didou said:
[b]Originally posted by sngx1275:[/b][quote]but you can't just go stealing other people's ideas. [/quote]I for one believe you shouldn't be able to patent or lock down an idea. An execution of said idea would be fine but not the idea itself.
Rage_3K_Moiz said:
Ridiculous stuff. First the EU-Microsoft fiasco and now this. Its a somewhat same situation and RTI does seem to be in it for the money. Google IMO does not have a reputation for stealing technology, coz they're so good they can develop their own new stuff, thats loads better than the competition.
sngx1275 said:
[b]Originally posted by Didou:[/b][quote][b]Originally posted by sngx1275:[/b][quote]but you can't just go stealing other people's ideas. [/quote]I for one believe you shouldn't be able to patent or lock down an idea. An execution of said idea would be fine but not the idea itself.[/quote]That may be well and good, but with current laws you are able to do that. And I think that you should be protected by those laws.What if you have a great idea but don't have the immediate resources to implement it, then Microsoft comes into the scene and takes your idea because you weren't able to act on it right away? That IMO is wrong, now if microsoft were to pay you for comming up with that idea, and you agreeded on a contract with them. Then that is fantastic. But Microsoft shouldn't just be able to come in and take your idea and profit on it just because you didn't have the resources to implement it right away.
MarkSizzle said:
What is with all of these companys sueing over patents and such? I think it is ridiculous! Most people who sue over these patents are just looking to make money and make the newspaper headlines. I do like the idea of being able to talk to the aol users as well as the google talk users too though.
greatman05 said:
You know what? The entire government is crazy! They are allowing people like this to ruin a very good company that has provided usfeul services to people across the world! People in for the money.. they just want to get rid of useful competition. That's why this country is so damn messed up. Bush killing people for oil, Social security being lowered.... bad stuff. And then people want to ruin the big money maker...[color=red]Watch your language in this forum.--Mictlantecuhtli[/color]
tuvok said:
You mean like the Clinton Administration suing Microsoft for Netscape and bursting the tech bubble? LOL! Bush killing people for oil? Wake up. When you get a chance go to downtown Manhattan and look at the hole in the ground, not to mention the hole in the ground in Pennsylvania from a jet hitting it at 500 miles an hour, and consider that a jet hit the Department of Defense (the Pentagon!). The loss of life and the economic impact of none action was HUGE! Its about time someone stepped up to the plate and hit back, the first WTC bombing, the Cole, the Embassy attacks went unanswered by limp wrists, this has nothing to do with oil. Oh that's right it does, the billion dollar oil for food scandal that lined the pockets of UN officials and countries around the world with billions. So that is what it has to do with oil uncovering scandal! The Bush administration has spoken about the frivious over the top lawsuits often, and they have commented about how they have negatively impacted business!
smtkr said:
[b]Originally posted by Eleventeen:[/b][quote]Google is one of the best companies out there. I think that they are not rotten like most of the other ones[/quote]Give me a break. The google love has gone too far. Google is another corporation responsible for showing growth to its shareholders. This means stepping on a few toes from time to time.
Fly said:
Google as a search engine is the best one out there and the only one I use but as a messaging tool it's totally scrap. Hmm there ain't that much imperfects in the prog, it just lacks users..But google should win this tho :P
MonkeyMan said:
Common, sue one of the largest companies in the world, and expect to win? how many times has Microsoft been sued? I mean this is bad for business, and they wonder why the economy isn't as good as it used to be. If ppl try to help business, or at least try to come to an agreement, there would not be such things as frivolous law suits and such. I think the laws should be toughened severely, and that would at least put an end to some of it. Anyway, Google will come out on top, I guarantee you that. Suing one of the largest companies in the world, will only result in you spending useless money in the court system, and for attorney costs, etc. only to have an outcome your not happy with. Well powerful companies always win in courts lol. BTW, has anyone seen my boxers? I had a wild night last night, and I just can't seem to find them anywhere.
poertner_1274 said:
[b]Originally posted by MarkSizzle:[/b][quote]What is with all of these companys sueing over patents and such? I think it is ridiculous! Most people who sue over these patents are just looking to make money and make the newspaper headlines. I do like the idea of being able to talk to the aol users as well as the google talk users too though.[/quote]Patent laws are different in the US and overseas. We have hundreds of patents with my work and the ones we have in the united states aren't any good in the UK. They have a different way of doing things over there.
canadian said:
The internet is a giant hole of crime. Lets face it, everything is stolen online, there just isn't much new coming out, and if there is something new, within a year 10 different sites will have stolen the idea. If it is stealing the script, or just the idea, its still being stolen.
nimo333 said:
Screw RTI, however they are!
mentaljedi said:
[b]Originally posted by tuvok:[/b][quote]You mean like the Clinton Administration suing Microsoft for Netscape and bursting the tech bubble? LOL! Bush killing people for oil? Wake up. When you get a chance go to downtown Manhattan and look at the hole in the ground, not to mention the hole in the ground in Pennsylvania from a jet hitting it at 500 miles an hour, and consider that a jet hit the Department of Defense (the Pentagon!). The loss of life and the economic impact of none action was HUGE! Its about time someone stepped up to the plate and hit back, the first WTC bombing, the Cole, the Embassy attacks went unanswered by limp wrists, this has nothing to do with oil. Oh that's right it does, the billion dollar oil for food scandal that lined the pockets of UN officials and countries around the world with billions. So that is what it has to do with oil uncovering scandal! The Bush administration has spoken about the frivious over the top lawsuits often, and they have commented about how they have negatively impacted business! [/quote]Um actually, i agree with Bush attackng Afganistan but im sorry but Iraq was a mistake as it wasn't even involved. The training camps that housed the terrorists of 9/11 were in afganistan, not iraq. I mean, sadam was bad and all, but Bush did lie etc... as for Google, i do feel sorry for em a bit but i don't know the detail so i can't judge.
boril said:
I think for sound quality Google Talk is the best, but Skype is still number 1 for voice conference. As for Google being sued again - two thumbs up hoping they will win.
Didou said:
[b]Originally posted by sngx1275:[/b][quote]What if you have a great idea but don't have the immediate resources to implement it, then Microsoft comes into the scene and takes your idea because you weren't able to act on it right away?[/quote]You can never be sure who got the idea first. You can always be sure who "built" it first. Ideas are free, execution is priceless. ;-)
luismigilbert said:
yesterday i was reading newspaper and noticed that google earth is being considered dangerous by some countrie's government
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