Almost $1.7 billion in compensation for patent infringement is demanded from Google

Singular Computing is seeking $1.67 billion in compensation from tech giant Google for patent infringement. This was stated by Singular’s lawyer Kerry Timbers during a court hearing, according to Reuters.

Singular Computing was founded by Massachusetts-based scientist Joseph Bates. It accused Google of allegedly using its technology to support artificial intelligence functions in Google Search, Gmail, Google Translate, and other services. The trial has begun in Boston.

During the trial, Kerry Timbers said that the scientist shared his innovations in computer data processing with Google from 2010 to 2014. But Google allegedly copied Joseph Bates’ patented technology and violated patent rights.

“This case is about something we all learned a long time ago: respect for others, don’t take what doesn’t belong to you, and give credit where credit is due,” the lawyer said.

At the same time, Google’s lawyer Robert Van Nest said that the tech giant was developing the technology on its own. He called Joseph Bates a “frustrated inventor” who failed to convince many companies, including Meta Platforms, Microsoft, Inc, and OpenAI, to use his technology.

On the eve of the trial, it was reported that Singular was demanding up to $7 billion in damages from Google for patent infringement.