British Telecom files patent lawsuit against Google services and Android

Google is facing a lawsuit against British Telecom for infringing 6 US patents that are worth billions of dollars in total.

Google Maps, Google Search, Google Music and the Android operating system are among the services that have been accused of infringing BT's patents and face being sued by the telecoms giant.

This may result in the search company having to pay royalties to BT from each handset sold and products used.

According to FOSS Patents, the lawsuit was filed on Thursday with a US District Court in Delaware, seeking damages and an injunction against the company.

Patents that are being investigated for infringement by Google include the ‘storage and retrieval of location based information’ and a ‘navigation information system’.

FOSS Patents author, Florian Mueller, wrote on the blog: "Android already had more than enough intellectual problems anyway. Now Google faces one more large organization that believes its rights are infringed. BT probably wants to continue to be able to do business with all mobile device makers and therefore decided to sue Google itself.”

The lawsuit comes during Google’s attempt to buy Motorola Mobility for patent protection for $12.5 billion.

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