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No infringement in Google, Samsung case, Marshall jury decides

By Robin Y. Richardson
Sept. 24, 2015 at 11:11 p.m.


MARSHALL — A federal jury in a patent infringement lawsuit has decided in favor of defendants Google and Samsung.

The Marshall jury took about four hours Wednesday to deliberate in the case, which began almost two weeks ago in U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap's courtroom.

In the case, ContentGuard, a company involved in digital rights management, filed suit against Google and Samsung, accusing them of infringing several patents related to an invention designed to not only prevent piracy of digital content, but also enable musicians, authors, photographers, publishers and producers to share, track and control their content, including books, movies and TV shows, when consumers download them on an electronic device.

ContentGuard said Google and Samsung rely on the company's technology for use in their smartphones and tablets and continuously refuse to take out a licensing agreement for use of the technology.

The Google products named in the lawsuit were Google Play Books, Google Play TV and Google Play Movies, which also are used on Samsung devices named in the lawsuit.

The defendants denied infringement and argued the patents involved in the lawsuit are invalid.

Wednesday was the first day Gilstrap sealed his courtroom from the public for closing arguments, which was a result of a motion made by the plaintiff's counsel in an effort to keep confidential business records that they planned to present.

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