paidContent.org reports Quintura, the Russian search engine, may be filing a lawsuit against Google over Google’s Wonder Wheel “visual search engine interface.” Quintura hold 8 patents on the technology and Google may be infringing the company’s patents.
Quintura CEO Yakov Sadchikov told paidContent:
The strategy is to make all those search engines and tools that utilize a graphical user interface that is covered by our patent license it. We have identified several companies and services that could have infringed the patent. We plan to approach them at the same time with same request.
Since the patent was issued on December 1, we can claim any damages from that date. For now, it’s been only two months. Our service went live a few years ago and, since then, quite a few large companies copycatted it.
Google has not yet issued a statement on this claim.