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Google, Merck, Gruyere, Newzbin2: Intellectual Property

Google Inc. owes its creation partly to a patented software algorithm for ranking documents in a database, issued to company founder Larry Page and owned by Stanford University.

The world’s largest search-engine company contends that too many other software patents hurt innovation more often than they lead to viable businesses. Google, along with JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Yelp Inc. business-review site, say they need to be able to quickly resolve cases in which a patent owner sues a large number of companies over widely used software features.