Google fires back at British Telecom in patent row

Feb 14, 2013
Google fired back at British telecom titan BT Group in US and British courts, escalating a year-old patent battle. Google has accused BT of "patent privateering," a practice where rights to technology are transferred for purposes of suing not building products.

Google fired back at British telecom titan BT Group in US and British courts, escalating a year-old patent battle.

"We have always seen litigation as a last resort, and we work hard to avoid ," said in a statement.

"But, BT has brought several meritless patent claims against Google and our customers—and they've also been arming patent trolls. When faced with these kinds of actions, we will defend ourselves."

Patent trolls are seen as those who get hold of legal rights to technology to profit from litigation, or the threat thereof, rather than apply innovations to products.

Google has accused BT of "patent privateering," a practice where rights to technology are transferred for purposes of suing not building products.

Lawsuits filed by Google in US District Court in California and in Britain accuse BT of infringing on patents related to managing and Internet telephony, according to legal documents.

BT sued Google in December 2011, accusing the Internet giant of infringing on half a dozen US patents involving communication, maps and storing data such as music.

The British firm declined to comment on the pending litigation.

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alfie_null
not rated yet Feb 14, 2013
Is BT doing this patent shenanigans to prevent Google from competing with them? In what way?
BSD
3 / 5 (2) Feb 14, 2013
Patent trolls are seen as those who get hold of legal rights to technology to profit from litigation, or the threat thereof, rather than apply innovations to products.

I hope BT fail miserably in the courts and anyone else that abuses patent laws for this purpose. There is no place for this sort of crap and patent laws should be tightened to stop it happening. It does absolutely nothing toward innovation. It should be that anyone caught abusing patents should have the patent rights taken off them.