The Google Inc., and Facebook were unsuccessful to win dismissal of a lawsuit by a New York company over a software that was designed to allow people access social networks through their mobile devices.
U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel said in Manhattan on Friday that Wireless Ink Corporation, which manages the Winksite service, may claim that Google Buzz and Facebook Mobile violated its October 2009 patent.
Neither Jeremy Pitcock, lawyer for Wireless Ink, nor Facebook or Google respond to requests for comments on the situations, said Reuters.
The patent dealt with a method to help new mobile phone users create mobile websites that other phone users can access. Wireless Ink wants to stop the suspected infringement and any further damages.
The company said it has more than 75,000 registered users. Facebook Mobile, however, has tens of millions of users, and Google said the same number of people had accessed Buzz in the service's first two days.
According to a modified complaint filed in December, Wireless Ink’s '983’ patent became public in January of 2004.
Castel, in his ruling, said Wireless Ink does not assert any facts which are conflicting with the existence of a feasible claim. He added that he dismissed claims seeking to nullify the Wireless Ink patent.