As of February 19, 2010, On2 Technologies Inc. was acquired by Google Inc. On2 Technologies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development and sale of video compression software and related services in the United States and Finland. The company’s proprietary technology platform and video compression/decompression software delivers video over proprietary networks and the Internet to personal computers, wireless devices, set-top boxes, and other devices. It offers video and audio codecs, and encoding software for use with video delivery platforms. The company’s products include VP6 and VP7 series of video codec designs that support real-time encoding at full D1 resolution; v...
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Max Sound Corporation Files Two Lawsuits Against Google, YouTube and On2 Technologies, Accusing Search Giant of Stealing Proprietary Technology
Aug 12 14
Max Sound Corporation has simultaneously filed trade secret and patent infringement lawsuits in two separate courts against Google and its subsidiaries YouTube and On2 Technologies. Max Sound Corporation, under agreement with VSL Communications, is enforcing intellectual property rights on its behalf. Max Sound acquired licensing rights to VSL's Optimized Data Transmission Technology to complement its HD Audio Solution. The suits allege that Google misappropriated proprietary and patented digital video streaming technology owned by VSL Communications. The noted litigation law firm Grant & Eisenhofer has been retained by Max Sound to file the two suits. The patent infringement complaint was brought in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, and the trade secret suit was filed in Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara. The lawsuits contend that Google executives met with VSL management over several months to discuss the possibility of acquiring the company's patented technology and other non-patented proprietary methods, which greatly enhance the availability of audio and video files online, during which time, Google gained access to and received technical guidance regarding VSL's proprietary technology. The complaints allege that soon after the two companies initiated negotiations, Google began implementing VSL's technology into its own WebM/VP8 video codec without informing VSL, and without compensating it for its use. The WebM/VP8 video codec is widely used by Google in numerous products and websites, including YouTube.com, Google TV, the Android operating system, and Chrome web browser, significantly improving delivery of video content to desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The complaints further allege that upon the negotiations ending and within the materials Google sent back to VSL, per the NDA, were a collection of notes -which appeared to have been authored by high-level Google personnel. The complaint alleges that the notes included statements indicating that Google intended to infringe VSL's patents and that Google's infringement was knowing and willful.