SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The California Supreme Court on Friday tossed out a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Google against a patent holder.
The California Supreme on Friday dismissed a patent-filing lawsuit filed against Google by an alleged infringer.
Google sought to dismiss the lawsuit filed in September 2016, saying it did not have enough information to make a conclusion that the company’s Android software infringed a patent held by a patentholder named Lekan Lefevre.
Google’s motion to dismiss was denied by Judge Aaron Persky, who found the claims in the lawsuit were not legally enforceable.
Persky said in his decision that Google had failed to show “a rational basis” for the patent-related claims.
Lefevrre is an engineer who runs the Android development team at Google and is an employee of Google Inc. Lefvre, a former software engineer at Yahoo Inc., has filed dozens of patent infringement lawsuits against Google, accusing the search giant of trademark infringement, unfair competition and infringement of intellectual property rights.
Google filed its own patent infringement suit against Lefavre in November.
Lekan has denied Google’s claims.
Google sued Lefovre in December 2016, alleging that he had violated patent licensing agreements with Google and Yahoo.
In September, Persky found in favor of Google, but in a 5-2 decision that left out the patent infringement claims.
The judge also dismissed a claim that Google was infringing Lefivre’s patent.
The decision comes just days after Lefievre filed an appeal against Persky’s decision to dismiss his case.
Lebanon-based Leflevre filed the suit against Google in California in 2014 after he and another Google employee were fired for working on a competing mobile operating system.
Lekas lawsuit also accused Google of patenting the iPhone.
The judge said that the complaint contained “a variety of allegations that Google has made against Lek and other Google employees who have been terminated and fired at the company.”
Lefievrre said he would appeal the ruling, saying he would not be deterred from filing lawsuits against companies who infringe on his patents.
The appeals court on Friday also ruled against a second patent-tampering lawsuit filed earlier this year by Lefi, another Google engineer who is accused of stealing the patent from Lefavell.
The patent-sales patent, titled “System for storing and retrieving user-created content from a computer system,” was first filed in June 2008 and has been in use since 2008.
Google says that it has been using the patent for years, but the patent is being challenged in federal court by Lek.
Google also argues that Lefve is violating the patent’s copyright terms.
The Supreme Court said the patent has been valid for nearly 30 years, and it is not clear that the patent could be infringed by the alleged infringers.