The latest company to sue Google over Android is none other than our very own British Telecom. I’m welling up with pride here. God save you, Queenie.
Needless to say, the action is all based around bloody patents, as BT reckons Google has nicked loads of its ideas and that. Well, six to be precise.
The complaint, should you care, is Case 1:11-cv-01249-UNA, and cites “Google’s ongoing and pervasive infringement of BT patents”. Sigh.
The six patents in question are the “Busuioc” patent, the “Mannings 1” patent, the “Titmuss 1” patent (presumably nothing to do with Abi), the “Gittins” patent, the “Mannings 2” patent, and the “Titmuss 2” patent. Great stuff.
The 26-page complaint explains that Google has infringed on the patents with several of its services, including Android, Music, Maps and Search.
My favourite part reads: “Google was founded a little over a decade ago, but now offers a broad range of products and services that incorporate pre-existing technologies invented by BT prior to Google’s founding.”
If you’re so inclined, you can check out the full complaint right here, baby, hosted by Scribd.