Search engine optimization platforms BrightEdge and Searchmetrics, after four years in courts, have finally settle their patent infringement lawsuit.  The two companies “dismissed all legal claims between them as a result of a settlement which became effective on July 9th, 2018,” the press release notes.

The terms of the settlement haven’t been disclosed, but the settlement “resolves legal claims brought between BrightEdge, founded by Jim Yu, and Searchmetrics, founded by Marcus Tober, concerning the misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, trade libel and patent infringement, cases that were before the Superior Court of California (Case No. 113-cv-256794) and the U.S. Northern District Court of California (Case No. 4:14-cv-01009-HSG).”

The patent dispute started in 2014 when BrightEdge sued Searchmetrics in the United States.  After several years of legal fights and a lot of money spent on lawyers and courts, the two companies have settled.

In January of this year, Searchmetrics won an important battle in the case that may have been instrumental in the settlement.

From the press release:

San Mateo, July 23, 2018 ‒ BrightEdge Technologies, Inc. (“BrightEdge”), Searchmetrics GmbH, and Searchmetrics, Inc. (collectively, “Searchmetrics”) dismissed all legal claims between them as a result of a settlement which became effective on July 9th, 2018.

The settlement, terms of which were not disclosed, resolves legal claims brought between BrightEdge and Searchmetrics concerning the misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, trade libel and patent infringement, cases that were before the Superior Court of California (Case No. 113-cv-256794) and the U.S. Northern District Court of California (Case No. 4:14-cv-01009-HSG).

Both BrightEdge and Searchmetrics are pleased to reach the settlement and look forward to continuing to innovate and serve customers’ needs in search, content, and marketing performance.

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