On Tuesday, a federal jury in Boston will hear the case of Alphabet’s Google, which is accused of infringing on the patents of a computer scientist with regard to the processors that power its artificial intelligence technology in major products.
Joseph Bates, a computer scientist in Massachusetts who created Singular Computing, alleges Google stole his technology and used it to develop artificial intelligence (AI) functions in Google Search, Gmail, Google Translate, and other Google services.
According to a Google court filing, Singular has asked for monetary penalties of up to $7 billion (about Rs. 58,172 crore), which would more than treble the largest-ever verdict for patent infringement in US history.
Singular’s patents, according to Google spokesman Jose Castaneda, are “dubious,” and the company created its processors “independently over many years.”
Ready to address the matter in court, Castaneda believes they can set the record straight.
Singular’s lawyer declined to provide a statement regarding the matter.
It is anticipated that the study will last two or three weeks.
According to Singular’s 2019 complaint, between 2010 and 2014, Bates shared his ideas in computer processing with Google. Singular asserted that Google’s Tensor Processing Units, which enhance the tech giant’s AI capabilities, violated two patents and copied Bates’ work.
As per the lawsuit, Google’s circuits “revolutionized the way AI training and inference are accomplished” by utilizing an enhanced architecture that Bates developed that allows for increased processing capacity.
In order to power AI used for speech recognition, content creation, ad suggestion, and other tasks, Google unveiled its processing units in 2016. Versions 2 and 3 of the devices, which were released in 2017 and 2018, infringe on Singular’s patent rights.
In December, Google informed the court that the patents are invalid because its processors operate differently from Singular’s patented technology.
“In a court filing, Google acknowledged that while some engineers found merit in Dr. Bates’ technology, it ultimately decided it wasn’t a good fit for its current application needs.”
Tuesday’s proceedings before a US appeals court in Washington will also address the validity of Singular’s patents in a different case that Google appealed from the US Patent and Trademark Office.