The American company Skyline Software Systems provides a three-dimensional mapping program over the internet. Skyline was of the opinion that GoogleÂs ÂGoogle EarthÂ infringed their intellectual property rights. Â
An American court in Boston, however, has rejected the suit. The judge responsible founded theÂ judgement on the basis that GoogleÂs program differentiated itself from the Skyline patent withÂ respect to its main function. Apart from that, he did not consider the petitions from both warringÂ parties to do with the question of whether the perinent patents were legally valid. The companiesÂ will certainly be able to submit new suits on this particular point.
Skyline has held its patent, by which data from a three-dimensional environment can be used, sinceÂ 2002. In 2004, the company had complained against the Keyhole company who were bought up in theÂ same year by Google and whose product has been marketed by the search machine as ÂGoogle EarthÂ.