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Google Settles Mobile Navigation Patent Fight

LAS VEGAS (CN) - A federal patent infringement fight over mobile navigation technology between Silver State Technologies and tech giants Google and Motorola has been settled.

Without disclosing settlement terms, U.S. District Judge Miranda Du granted a joint request and dismissed with prejudice "all claims of infringement that [Silver State] raised or could have raised in this action," on Oct. 2.

Silver State and Google filed a joint status report on Aug. 31 in which they said they had reached general settlement terms and would filed a joint stipulation to dismiss with prejudice the patent action.

The Oct. 1 dismissal request does not mention the terms of the settlement.

Silver State Technologies filed an amended complaint in September 2014 accusing Google and its subsidiaries Motorola Mobility and Waze of violating six patented technologies by inducing makers of mobile devices and their users to "make, use, offer for sale, sell and/or import" mobile devices using the Google Android operating system and mobile applications that infringe on several patents.

Motorola manufactures mobile phones and tablet devices, and Waze describes itself as the "world's largest community-based traffic and navigation app" on its website.

Silver State claimed Google, Motorola and Waze infringed on U.S. Patent Numbers 6,525,768, Positional Camera and GPS Data Interchange Device; 6,529,824, Personal Communication System for Communicating Voice Data Positioning Information; 7,475,057, System and Method for User Navigation; 7,650,234, Technique for Effective Navigation Based on User Preferences; 8,538,498, Technique for Effective Communications with and Provision of Global Positioning System (GPS) Based Advertising Information to Automobiles; and 8,700,312, Personal Communication System to Send and Receive Voice Data Positioning Information.

Through its Open Handset Alliance and Mobile Application Agreement with its business partners, Google requires makers of mobile devices to use certain infringing Google mobile applications, controls the features and functions offered, and requires makers of mobile devices to get Google's approval before marketing new products, Silver State claimed.

Silver State sought compensatory damages for six counts of patent infringement.The federal complaint is one of at least five patent infringement actions Silver State has filed in the past two years in Nevada. The others include claims against Apple, Garmin International, TomTom, and Foursquare Labs, according to Courthouse News archives.

Neither Silver State attorney R. Scott Weide of Weide & Miller nor Google's attorney, John P. Desmond of Dickinson Wright, responded to requests for comment.

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