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Google has apologized to Sohu.com after the Chinese Web portal accused the search giant of illegally incorporating its data in a recently released Google tool that aims to make inputting Chinese characters easier. The tool is similar to the autofill function in many applications, which suggests a word or term after a user has typed in only a few letters, based on previous usage. The Google tool suggests Chinese characters after a user has typed in a few strokes. Sohu.com accused Google of stealing its Chinese language dictionary.
Clearly Mr. Galanis's comments how large innovative aggregators like Google step on the intellectual property rights of others, speaks volumes of how the rights of lesser known brands are often exploited to the point in which the value of their technology and business processes are severely damaged.
Anyone can get away with this once, but if it continues to happen its hard to keep using the mistake excuse.
Google obvious has plans in China for which not correcting its actions in the SOHU.COM matter would have jeopardized.
Verizon is the first to cry foul when it believes its brands or processes have been compromised and the last to admit that it takes similar actions for its own benefit when necessary.
The Geomas geographic organization technology Verizon is accused of infringing probably directly benefits their need to offer better authentication of their customer email in an effort to fight spam delivery, but more importantly so they can target their own customers with more relevant ads and content.