British Telecom files patent lawsuit against Google services and Android
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.
- » Report claims buying Huawei tech is ‘like buying Chinese fighter planes’
- » UK government pledges £5bn for gigabit broadband in every home by 2025
- » uSwitch: 5G launch won’t solve the UK’s rural connectivity problems
- » The wireless technology trends that are fuelling new IoT applications
- » KT hits one million 5G subs as it launches roaming in three European countries