ITC Finds in Favor of Google in Patent Dispute

Following a trial in February, on July 7, 2014, Administrative Law Judge David Shaw of the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a determination in favor of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati client Google, including finding noninfringement by all accused products across all asserted patents, invalidity of certain patents, and that complainant Black Hills Media, LLC (BHM) lacks the required domestic industry. In the investigation entitled In the Matter of Certain Digital Media Devices, Including Televisions, Blu-Ray Disc Players, Home Theater Systems, Tablets and Mobile Phones, Components Thereof and Associated Software, certain of Google's Android partners were accused of infringing patents owned by BHM as a result of Google's Play Music, Locations+, and the DIAL-enabled YouTube mobile applications.

The Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati trial team included partner Stefani Shanberg and associates Veronica Ascarrunz, Jennifer Schmidt, Eugene Marder, and Michael Guo. Also instrumental were associates Shaun Snader, Robin Brewer, and Madeleine Greene. The team is located in the firm's San Francisco and Washington D.C., offices.