LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Intellectual property law firm Christie, Parker & Hale, LLP, today announced that its client, Vederi, LLC, has filed a patent infringement suit in federal court in the Central District of California against Google. The complaint alleges that Google’s Street View product infringes four of Vederi’s patents by allowing a user to visually navigate streets within a geographic area.
Enrico Di Bernardo and Luis Goncalves, the founders of Vederi, LLC, met at Caltech while pursuing doctoral degrees. In 2000, when Luis was looking for a new apartment and wanted to know about different neighborhoods, they conceived of the idea to build a system to let Internet users look at street-level views of neighborhoods. They envisioned that their service could be syndicated in a number of online properties, including travel sites, business listings, real-estate listings, map and directions sites. That July, Luis and Enrico drove around Pasadena in Enrico’s personal car, with a camera mounted on top of the car, collecting images and corresponding GPS coordinates for their first system, the ScoutTool, later renamed the StreetBrowser. The StreetBrowser system, that lets Internet visitors look at panoramas of streets and visually navigate around a neighborhood, was hosted on the website of the City of Pasadena for several years in the early 2000s. Vederi’s first provisional patent application for its system was filed in October 2000.
Attorney David Dillard leads the Christie, Parker & Hale legal team that filed the case. "We are confident that Vederi has strong patent rights that are directly infringed by Street View," said Dillard. "It’s stunning how closely Google’s Street View tracks the Vederi patented technology, down to the integration of advertising directly within the Street View product through branded icons."
Christie, Parker & Hale has served as intellectual property legal counsel to Vederi since 2000. It also represents a wide range of consumer-goods manufacturers and distributors in patent and trademark prosecution, litigation and licensing matters.
About Vederi, LLC
Vederi was founded by Enrico Di Bernardo and Luis Goncalves in 2000. It is currently headquartered in Pasadena, California.
About Christie, Parker & Hale
Christie, Parker & Hale is a leading intellectual property law firm operating at the intersection of science, technology and the law. Engaged exclusively in all aspects of intellectual property law, most of the firm’s attorneys hold degrees in engineering or the sciences, bringing added value and perspective to client service. Drawing on a 56-year heritage, the firm continues to propel innovation and stimulate business growth by protecting its clients’ most valuable assets -- intellectual property.