GraphOn is suing Google for patent infringement and the company appears to be doing a nice imitation of NTP, the company that made its name by suing Research in Motion. GraphOn is going for gold in the patent troll Olympics.
In a statement Monday, GraphOn said it was suing Google over four patents. The company claims that Google infringes on four patents--U.S. Patent Nos. 6,324,538, 6,850,940, 7,028,034 and 7,269,591. These patents protect GraphOn’s "unique method of maintaining an automated and network-accessible database." Google Base, Adwords, Blogger, Sites and YouTube allegedly infringe on these patents. GraphOn wants damages and injunctive relief.
Never heard of GraphOn? It's a developer of "Web enabling software solutions" that happens to be suing everyone that may tap into an automated network database.
I'm no patent lawyer but these GraphOn patents look weak. Consider patent 6,324,538. This one page gem covers:
In other words, GraphOn put a patent on the Web.
And the graphic describes just about any site:
I'd go through the other patents, but they're basically carbon copies.