With Alphabet Inc.’s extraordinary thinking, it has invented a well-known Prjoect Loon network. However, it so happened that the originality of the project was questioned, and worse was taken to court.
The tech giant, therefore, was sued by a patent infringement lawsuit, in which Space Data Corporation company had alleged the company for its stolen ideas.
Among the company’s inventions, its Project Loon is one of the most innovative ideas it has introduced, aiming for a worldwide connection. During its launching, it has missed a robust boom with the masses, but due to this the project was able to become famous and was later accepted throughout the world.
The main idea is a balloon-based Wi-Fi system, which is made to connect the globe with Internet. A network of balloons is travelling on the edge of space, stratosphere, which is made to cover the maximum surface area, and deliver Internet access on both rural and remote areas.
Hearing this, the Space Data Corporation contended that it has already developed this type of technology over a decade earlier than the tech giant, and claims that Google has used its trade secrets to improve with the project.
Earlier this week, the company filed charges against Google in North California District Court, with two specific patents that the tech company infringed. The first patent describes the balloon-based Internet connectivity that was filed by Space in 1999, while the other describes the termination and recovery of those balloons that was earlier filed in 2001.
The two patents were clearly filed before Project Loon and Google has not taken any licenses to use the said project.
Space’s Plaintiff Project
The plaintiff provides same Internet access as Google’s Project Loon, but it seemed that its system is not broadly used, in which the tech giant had taken advantage of of its rival. The two Space Data products are known as the “SkySat” and “SkySite,” which both provide a balloon-based Internet connectivity.
Subsequently, it has already obtained licenses from the FCC to deliver an Internet connection in rural areas Alaska and Gulf of Mexico.
As the case remained unsettled, the history goes against Google. The top executives of the tech giant already knew about the rival’s project before they began their Project Loon.
It was reported in 2008, that the founders of Google, along with some top executives had visited the headquarters of Space. Assumptions heightened then, citing that there might be a contract between the two companies and there must have been an acquisition to occur.
Furthermore, none of the assumptions came true and after three years, the tech giant informally started kicking off its project.