SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Technology firm Max Sound Corporation (OTCQB: MAXD) filed a complaint in Santa Clara County Superior Court against Google Inc., Flux Factory Inc. and the founders and top executives of both companies accusing them of misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, slander of title, unfair competition and fraud.
The complaint stems from the intellectual property behind a solution designed to reduce global carbon footprints and increase housing availability.
Flux Factory began life in 2012 as one of the earliest Google X ideas. According to a company release, the firm exists to develop technology that helps architects and builders design houses and offices more efficiently, while meeting rising demand for new structures to hold families and workers. In May, Flux raised $8 million in funding to address technology solutions that improve inadequate building design, antiquated technology and poor construction quality.
Lawyers with the Dallas firm Buether Joe Carpenter assert that Flux is founded on intellectual property stolen from New York architect Eli Attia, and Max Sound that bought the authority to enforce Attia’s intellectual property rights.
The complaint asserts that Google and its founders and key executives lured Attia into deal talks before commandeering his technology and pushing him out of the project and “proceeded to develop and exploit Mr. Attia’s ideas and know-how for their own benefit,” Attia’s lawyers wrote.
In 2009, Attia was looking for a partner to help develop technology he had created for construction sustainable buildings. Google X contacted Attia in July 2010 to propose a collaboration, according to the complaint. The two parties agreed that Google X would develop Attia’s technology for a period of several months in an experiment called Project Genie, and then the parties would decide whether to move forward or scrap the project. According to the complaint, a nondisclosure was executed in August, 2010.
The complaint further outlines that in 2011 Google executives reneged on their promise and instead worked to exclude Attia.
Defendants told Attia they had killed the project in December 2011, according to the complaint, and then went on to form Flux Factory in 2012 based on the technology developed by the Genie project.
This IP case is one of several Max Sound has brought against Google this year. With this legal action, Max Sound follows its international strategy of comprehensively asserting their protective rights.
John Blaisure, CEO of Max Sound Corp. says, “We are absolutely committed to safeguarding and protecting our valuable IP assets. Max Sound has several patent infringement complaints against Google and its subsidiaries. We have identified a pattern of misappropriation of our trade secrets, breach of contract, and fraud that unfortunately needs to be settled in court to resolve.”
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