Google Files to Toss Out Patent Suit

This is an update/clarification about a law suit recently filed by Google that we posted about earlier today.

Here's the update:

The complaint filed by Google (November 18, 2004) and we posted about earlier today is in response to a patent suit filed by Skyline Software in May against Keyhole (now part of Google. After the was transferred to a California court, Google filed acomplaint asking for a declaration of noninfringement and patent invalidity. In other words, make the original complaint (Keyhole infringing on Skyline's patent) invalid.

About Skyline, "Skyline's 'Digital Earth' is compiled from many kinds of information provided by partners and converted to a real-time 3D streaming format with our suite of simple yet powerful software tools. This interactive 3D world allows users to virtually fly anyplace on the planet, see it from any perspective, then query or interact with the Digital Earth in a natural way. The technology enables new virtual tourism, virtual real estate, interactive sports, media and 3D mapping applications on the Net, and provides a rich personal experience."