British Telecom files patent infringement suit against Google

British Telecommunications (BT) has filed a patent infringement complaint against Google with the U.S. District Court of Delaware in which it has accused Google of “willfully” infringing on six patents. BT is seeking “triple” damages and a injunction against Google, patent expert Florian Muller wrote recently on his website, FOSS Patents. “BT brings this action to recover the just compensation it is owed and to prevent Google from continuing to benefit from BT’s inventions without authorization,” the suit says. The patents are related to a “service provision system for communications networks,” a “navigation information system,” a “telecommunications apparatus and method,” a “communications node for providing network based information service,” an “information system” and method for “storage and retrieval of location based information in a distributed network of data storage devices.” As FOSS Patents suggests, these are all patents that might be employed by Google’s Android operating system. BT joins a number of other companies that have filed similar patent complaints against Google and its Android partners.

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