German firm sues Google over space-imaging patent
Google Inc. was sued by a German architectural firm over a patent for technology that allows users to provide space-based images of the Earth.
Art+Com, based in Berlin, claims Google infringed on its patent with the advent of the Google Earth application in 2005, according to a lawsuit filed on Thursday. That technology allows Google users to get images of Earth provided by space satellites, useful in tracking weather data, for example.
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