Google is no stranger to lawsuits. Whether facing class action lawsuits for failing to prevent in-app purchases or facing dozens of patent trolls, the tech giant has seen its fair share of courtroom action in recent years. Now, one case that has been dragging through the courts since 2010 has taken a decidedly anti-Google turn.

Back in 2010, Vederi, LLC filed a suit against Google, alleging that the tech giant had infringed on four of Vederi’s patents related to “methods for creating images of a geographic area that a user may then navigate via a computer.” These patents, the Pasadena, Calif.-based company claimed, were infringed upon by Google’s Street View technology. 

In 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted summary judgment of noninfringement, a ruling that clearly made Google happy. The case then moved up the ladder to the Federal Circuit, which overturned the District Court’s ruling. This, of course, means that Google’s Street View may, in fact, infringe on the Vederi patents. 

This could mark a major setback for Google, which has been fighting off patent trolls in large numbers. A genuine patent infringement case could not only cause money to flow out of its coffers, but also expose vulnerability that other companies may decide to pounce on. It remains to be seen how high Google takes this case, though it seems unlikely that the Supreme Court would be interested in it if it gets that far.


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