Vederi, LLC v. Google, Inc., No. 13-1057 (Fed. Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
Vederi alleged that Google’s “Street View” infringed claims of related patents with a common specification and priority to a common provisional application. The patents relate to methods for creating synthesized images of a geographic area through which a user may visually navigate via a computer. To acquire images, a recording device is mounted on a car that is driven through an area. In one embodiment, one camera points generally horizontally and perpendicularly to the axis of the street to capture front views and some side views of objects lining the streets. The patents disclose that multiple cameras may be used to capture views in different directions. The patents disclose combining images to generate a composite image that provides a field of view wider than that provided by any single image. The district court entered summary judgment of noninfringement. The Federal Circuit vacated, finding that the court erred in its construction of “images depicting views of objects in a geographic area, the views being substantially elevations of the objects in the geographic area” as “vertical flat (as opposed to curved or spherical) depictions of front or side views.” “Views being substantially elevations of the objects” refers to “front and side views of the objects.” Properly construed, the claims do not exclude curved or spherical images depicting views that are substantially front or side views of the objects in the area.