A company called Vederi took legal action against Google in 2010 for allegedly infringing four of its patents used in its Street View mapping software.
Google, according to Reuters, wanted the highest court in the land to hear an appeal after the Court of Appeals said that a district judge ruled in Google’s favour.
Now the case will have to return to a regular court where Vederi will pursue its claims that Street View software infringes its patents.
Google will be disappointed by the ruling, no doubt. Reuters said in its report that the Obama administration had suggested the court not take the case, for reasons that remain unclear.
The law will grind slowly to a conclusion as the lawyers continue to pocket their fees.