Northeastern University sues Google over patent

Lawsuit claims Google misappropriated technology for search engine processing.

Northeastern University has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Google, claiming the database architecture that Google uses to feed up search results has been misappropriated, according to The Boston Globe.

The lawsuit claims the technology was developed and patented by a company called Jarg in Waltham, Mass., that was co-founded by Northeastern professor Kenneth Baclawski. The patent, owned by the university and licensed to Baclawski, covers a method for sectioning database queries into different portions that are each processed by a different computer.

The lawsuit was filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, which specializes in patent cases.

Update 3 p.m. PT: Google spokesman Jon Murchinson says the lawsuit is without merit.

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