Skyhook Fighting for Customers

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2010-09-16 Print this article Print

"As none of these devices was preloaded with XPS software, as would have occurred but for Google's interference, Skyhook lost millions of dollars in royalties provided under the Motorola Contract," Skyhook claimed.

Skyhook later learned Google was imposing the "stop ship" order and other similar demands on another Skyhook customer, "Company X," believed to be Samsung.

The company is seeking to enjoin Google from its activities and desires relief for substantial financial damages.

A Skyhook spokesperson told eWEEK that after several conversations with Google to resolve the issue, the company brought its suits. 

However, a Google spokesperson told eWEEK Google has not yet been served the papers and would not comment without reviewing the documents.

In the patent infringement lawsuit, which was filed in Massachusetts Federal District Court, Skyhook alleged that Google violated four of Skyhook's patents related to location databases and associated technologies that optimize data transference in Skyhook's XPS software.

As with the interference lawsuit, Skyhook is asking for considerable financial relief from Google.

The stakes are high in this market, but are particularly serious for Skyhook, which earlier this year lost Apple as a customer when the company created its own location software.

The fact is that the Web services such as Google Latitude, Foursquare, Twitter and Facebook from mobile phones are signifcantly augmented by, if not outright enabled by, location technology.

Skyhook is fighting for survival in an industry where the multi-billion-dollar giants such as Google and Apple insist on using their location technologies for competitive advantage. 



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