Founder Sues Google Over Offers Service

google-offers-logo-250Although Google Offers hasn’t formally launched yet, the service is already facing its first lawsuit.

Walker Digital, a private R&D lab that created and launched in the late 1990s, is suing Google for allegedly violating four of the company’s patents. The lawsuit, which asks the court for a jury trial, seeks unspecified damages and a permanent injunction.

Google Offers began taking sign-ups yesterday in three U.S. locales and technically hasn’t even launched yet. The Walker Digital lawsuit was filed in a US District Court last night.

Earlier this month, the company filed 15 similar suits against more than 100 defendants including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Groupon, Amazon, eBay and Apple. Walker Digital also sued Facebook last year over its “friending” technology, according to paidContent.

Here’s a copy of the newest suit against Google Offers, courtesy of the Gametime IP blog.

Walker Digital v Google

Related Topics: Channel: Local | Google: Legal | Google: Offers | Legal: Patents | Top News


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  • David

    I actually think Google Products is a bad thing for a lot of website owners that are selling products because now when you search for something it’s almost always coming back with their site \google products\ So now Google has a monopoly on all products by putting themselves on the first page of google search results.

    Flat out wrong

  • Matt McGee

    Thanks for your comment, David. This article isn’t actually about Google Products/Shopping — it’s about the new “Google Offers” service that just began taking signups last week.

  • Jenny Halasz

    Interesting that Walker sues Google, but didn’t sue Groupon. What’s different, other than deeper pockets?

  • Matt McGee

    Hi Jenny – Groupon was included in the “15 suits” link I referenced in the story as happening a couple weeks ago. I should add them to the text to make that more clear. Sorry for the confusion.

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