Judge Douglas Woodlock of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Boston denied a complaint by Skyline Software Systems that the Google Earth mapping software of Google’s Keyhole infringed Skyline patents.
The judge also denied motions from both parties on whether the patents in question were valid, but left the possibility for either party to reassert these issues if they do so before April 20. He canceled a planned trial date set for June.
In his ruling, Woodlock held that Google’s system does not attempt to render views of Earth’s terrain, a key claim of the patent held by Skyline, which is based in Chantilly, Va., and offers its own “fly through” three-dimensional software.
Hat tip: Google Copyright Blog, which doesn’t appear to be officially affiliated with Google, but has some good commentary.