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Google Fails to Ground Space Data’s Balloon Patent Lawsuit

Sept. 7, 2018, 10:24 PM

Alphabet Inc.'s Google neutered some patent claims by Space Data Corp. for its balloon-based internet service, but still faces a challenge on a core patent dealing with high-altitude winds.

Space Data, an Arizona-based internet technology company, sued Google in 2016, alleging the tech giant stole its designs for a high-altitude balloon system that provides wireless coverage to rural areas. Space Data claimed that Google’s efforts to create such a system—dubbed Project Loon—infringes its patents, used stolen trade secrets, and violated a nondisclosure agreement.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Sept. 6 invalidated claims within three of ...