Google faces legal suit over its Android OS from British Telecom
British Telecom or BT has filed a charge against Google claiming huge indemnity for patent violation stating that its Android mobile OS has allegedly done. The lawsuit has been filed at Delaware State in the United States and alleges that Android products including Android Market, Google Music and Google Maps have violated six key patents owed by British Telecom.
If, British Telecom gets a favorable verdict, it would result in Google having to pay huge royalties to the telecom company for all its Android handsets sold till date, and also for the ones that they are going to produce in the future. This could turn out to be a huge amount considering the fact that Android is the most dominating smartphone platform across the world. Android devices have a greater than 40% market share in the Smartphone category, and 40 million such handsets are produced in a quarter.
British Telecom may file similar legal claims in European courts also. This action means that the Android OS from Google has been subject to lawsuits from six large corporations; the others being Oracle, Apple, Microsoft, Gemalto and eBay.
A British Telecom spokesperson has confirmed to the Guardian that that the company has indeed commenced legal actions against Google over alleged patent infringement. The spokesman added that the pertinent patents were based on technologies relating to guidance and navigation information, individual access to content and services as well as location-based features. He also added that BT believed in continuously investing in innovation and this had resulted in the company having a large patent portfolio.
Google has however refuted the claims of British Telecom stating that they lacked in merit, and that the company is going to vigorously defend itself against the same. This latest lawsuit is being viewed as an attempt by British Telecom to legalize its huge patent portfolio.