Contractor sues Google over Google Sky (Google Earth)

Jonathan Cobb, an Atlanta, Georgia, contract worker filed a lawsuit against Google, claiming that Google stole his idea for Google Sky.  Jonathan Cobb has filed a suit against Google demanding damages of $25 million for their supposed transgressions. While he isn't claiming Google stole code from him, he asserts that the 'idea' he laid out was […]

Jonathan Cobb, an Atlanta, Georgia, contract worker filed a lawsuit against Google, claiming that Google stole his idea for Google Sky

Jonathan Cobb has filed a suit against Google demanding damages of $25 million for their supposed transgressions. While he isn't claiming Google stole code from him, he asserts that the 'idea' he laid out was his and his alone. True or not, he seems to be facing an uphill battle. An idea alone does not make a lawsuit with most cases of this nature usually having a patent at their core. This one does not, leading me to believe that Google will probably win out.

In the lawsuit, Cobb claims that he discussed the idea for Google Sky in an internal e-mail discussion group while he was a contractor for Google.  According to Cobb, the discussion group also included managers involved in Google Earth and similar programs.

Cobb’s filing alleges:

“Defendant Google took the concepts and ideas originally presented by Plaintiff and, without any notice or credit being extended to Plaintiff, used them as its own,” the complaint states. “…Such actions represent a violation of Defendant Google’s publicised corporate motto ‘Do No Evil.’”

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