The search engine giants, Google won an another round in relation to a patent infringement claim surrounding the source code that drives Google Earth. The claim was issued by Skyline Software Systems Inc. in the US District Court of Massachusetts. The claim was originally filed against Keyhole Corp, the company that developed the software for Google and is the main plug for Google Earth. The claim was brought against Google after it assignment the IP rights in Keyhole in October 2004.
After the acquisition, Skyline added Google as a second defendant. A year later, Skyline asked theÂ judge for an injunction that would prevent Google from offering the Google Earth service. ThatÂ case management timetable set up by the court allowed time for Google’s team of attorneys to argueÂ that Skyline was not able to show that Google Earth was causing damage, enough to allow the courtÂ to grant an injunction. The judge agreed with Google and did not award the injunction but the is still on course.
Background: Google Earth is a free application that shows maps and satellite images of practicallyÂ any location in the world. Google has Â how introduced an upgrade to the program that features a newÂ and larger visuals of images. Skyline provides software that offers a three dimensionalÂ visualisation of the earth via satellites and aerial photography. It target audience is mainly theÂ military, civil-engineering industries and communications.