The patent, US Patent 7,441,196, relates to viewing, zooming and scrolling Internet content on a wireless device screen.
Elliot Gottfurcht, lead inventor of EMG’s patent portfolio, claimed that the system in use on the Chrome browser means Google and several manufacturers using the firm’s Android system are in violation of the firm’s intellectual property.
“Google’s Chrome Mobile Browser directly infringes the patent by displaying mobile web pages on smartphones and tablets using EMG’s patented simplified navigation system, which permits users to navigate a touch-screen with unique inputs,” he said.
“Mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets, made by Motorola – which is owned by Google – and Samsung, use Google’s Chrome Mobile Browser to navigate mobile websites using EMG’s patented simplified navigation system.”
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in the Tyler Division.
Google said it had not yet received a copy of the complaint and that it wouldn’t be able to comment until it reviewed it.
EMG has also sued a number of other companies, including Apple, Chrysler and Radio Shack for infringing on the same patent with their mobile applications. EMG and Apple settled their dispute in January 2011.