BT sues Google over 6 US patent infringements
British Telecom has filed a lawsuit against Google for patent infringement in the US, worth billions of dollars in damages.
Services including Google Search, Google Maps, Google Music and the Android operating system have been accused of infringing 6 patents that BT hold, which could result in the search engine company having to pay royalties to BT from each handset sold.
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.