Federal Court finds for Google in digital photo frame patent infringement dispute
The Waco Division of the US District Court for the Western District of Texas ruled that Google did not infringe a digital photo frame patent owned by a Texas-based company named Profectus Technology LLC (“Profectus”). Profectus filed a lawsuit against Google in February 2020 claiming that a patent owned by Profectus has been infringed by Google's picture display frames, Nest Hub, and Nest Hub Max.
The patent in question is for either a wall-mounted or desktop picture frame that displays digital images from a digital camera. The Google Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max are smart devices that can display digital images, but they also perform other functions as well.
The jury found that Google did not infringe the Profectus’s digital photo frame patent. The jury was instructed by Judge Alan Albright that it could find Profectus’s patent invalid if its innovations had already been disclosed in previous devices or publications. Based on the judge's instruction, the jury found that Google did not intentionally infringe the patent claimed by the Profectus.
In 2016, Profectus filed lawsuits against other technology companies, including Huawei Technologies and Dell, for infringing upon its patent for a mountable digital picture frame that displays digital images. Profectus was also unsuccessful in that case where a federal appeals court affirmed a summary judgment of non-infringement in 2016.