Google Faces Setback And A Fine In Delhi Court Over Patent Appeal: Here's What Happened

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday turned down Google’s challenge against the denial of a patent application dating back to 2007. The authorities struck down this application, aimed at managing instant messaging across various devices, for its lack of originality and inventive steps.

What Happened: Justice Prathiba M Singh stood firm, deeming Google’s plea untenable and dismissing it outright.

Adding to Google’s woes, the court slapped a fine of ₹1 lakh on the tech behemoth. The fine came as a result of Google’s failure to disclose crucial information about a similar patent rejection by the European Patent Office (EPO) due to the invention’s lack of novelty.

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The crux of the matter lies in Google’s patent application which detailed a method for users to mirror instant messaging sessions using their preferred settings across different gadgets.

However, the court noted that the concept and its implementation lacked innovation, as experts had already well-documented the idea of session management and user-specific settings, and Google’s described process failed to introduce anything new.

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