Google just settled its multi-billion dollar AI tech patent trial

The hardware and software development company Singular Computing has received an undisclosed amount from Google in a settlement out of federal court in Massachusetts, bringing to an end the five-year long civil case brought by Singular’s founder Dr. Joseph Bates against the tech giant for patent infringement (PDF, hosted by The Register).

Said infringement pertains to computer architectures facilitating artificial intelligence (AI) tool development and the training of large language models (LLMs) invented by Bates, that he claims made its way into Google’s Tensor Processing Unit devices.

These initially powered the generative AI and smart chip features in Google Workspace, but have now gone on to become available for rent via its cloud hosting provider Google Cloud, as well as shoulder the workloads of the tech giant’s own data centers. 

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