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The Android world is no stranger to lawsuits, but the latest one coming from British Telecom goes right to the top. It's suing Google in the U.S. over claims that six of its  patents have been infringed on by technology found in Android, from the system itself through to Google+, Maps, Docs, Gmail and other Google services. 

The six involved patents are based around location based technology, navigation and guidance, and personalised access to content and services. One such example is said to be Google Maps' ability to display different information at different zoom levels. 

While BT claims it are acting in the interest of protecting their "intellectual property rights and innovation," Google has come out with the full intention of fighting the lawsuit. 

What isn't clear yet is whether or not BT intends to take similar action against Google in the European courts. 

Source: BBC


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Google being sued by BT over alleged patent infringements


Google: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Here's the Galaxy Nexus...go have fun.

British Telecom: Bah! Humbug!

Really? Displaying different info at varying zoom levels?? Yea its called greater or less detail and it's part of zooming in and panning out. These patent wars are completely ridiculous.

I was thinking the same thing. But they're probably too busy trying to put out a third beta for 10.1. Hmm lets see what else they can break. Still rockin trusty old 9.3

"location based" .. you see, all these trolls have gone out and re-patented old ideas by duct taping them to a mobile device. Just pick any old computer patent, add the words "on a mobile device" and send it back in to the USPTO and it's gold. It won't stop until somewhere, some one with a little pull decides that regardless of whether a computer is 3 feet tall or 3 inches wide, that it's still a computer.

i am sure Google did steal their ideas. they have stolen many, just like all the other major players in the industry. unfortunately, it's very difficult to protect intellectual property these days. it isn't who comes up with the best ideas that is the most successful, it is who implements them the best. Google is, without a doubt, the best implementer of ideas out there in their industry.

Greed on top of greed. Funny how this is happening over here in the UK, instead its in a much bigger market.

And how is Apple free from such attacks?

Bored now corporations, so very bored!

Seriously... how is technology and software going to evolve if we continue to hog all the ideas to ourselves? How are we suppose to move forward as a society if someone keeps the knife, someone keeps the spoon and someone else keeps the fork?

I understand you can license some patents to use them, but some of these patents are freaking ridiculous! You can't have a radius on your tablet from X to Y in radius!

Google should make a flat out statement. Any carrier that sues them will not be carrying Nexus phones. That should be a minimum policy.

They are probably just pissed because they are bleeding subscribers from their antiquated landline services to an industry that still innovates.