January 22, 2014 - A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas found that with the push notification services in Android, Google infringes a SimpleAir patent. The Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) and Android Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM) services, which send instant notifications to applications such as Twitter, Gmail and Facebook, were found to infringe SimpleAir's U.S. Patent No. 7,035,914 on a “system and method for transmission of data.”
SimpleAir has requested over $125 million in damages, but the jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision on the damages amount. A separate jury will decide on the amount Google will be required to pay in a limited second trial.
SimpleAir has also successfully licensed the patent to several other Big Tech companies, including Apple, Microsoft and Blackberry.