View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
  2. Data Centre
December 19, 2011

British Telecom sues Google over patents

BT alleges that some of Google’s services, including Android, infringe on six of its patents

By CBR Staff Writer

British Telecom has filed a lawsuit against Google in a Delaware court alleging that some of Google’s services infringe on six of its patents.

BT claims that the search engine company’s services such as Android Market, Google Search, Google Maps, Google+ and Google Offers violate patents owned by it.

If the verdict goes against Google, then Google or mobile handset makers will have to pay royalties to BT on each Android handset in use and produce by them.

A Google representative denying BT’s rejected allegations said the company believed these claims are without merit, and they would defend vigorously against them.

IP analyst Florian Mueller, writing in a Foss Patents blog, said that with so many major patent holders asserting their rights, obligations to pay royalties may force Google to change its Android licensing model and pass royalties on to device makers.

Meanwhile, Google is embroiled in quite a few lawsuits relating to Android.

Content from our partners
Unlocking growth through hybrid cloud: 5 key takeaways
How businesses can safeguard themselves on the cyber frontline
How hackers’ tactics are evolving in an increasingly complex landscape

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.