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Google Wins $1 Case From Patent Owner Hassling Customers

A $1 victory for Google Inc. could mean a whole lot more in savings for some of its customers.

A federal jury in Marshall, Texas, said Jan. 23 that patent-licensing company Beneficial Innovations Inc. breached a settlement agreement with Google by suing its customers. The jury awarded nominal damages of $1, which was all that Google sought because its main goal was to make clear that its customers were covered by the license.