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Google Told to Pay $85 Million in Web Patent Trial

Google Inc. was ordered today by a jury in Texas to pay $85 million to SimpleAir Inc. for using the closely held company’s technology for transmitting Internet-based data to computers and mobile devices without a license.

SimpleAir, a technology licensing company, had been seeking as much as $146 million in the trial before a federal jury in Marshall, Texas. Google said the invention was worth no more than $6 million. A different jury in January found that Google infringed a patent issued in 2006, though it was unable to reach an agreement on how much the company should pay.