• December 19th, 2011
  • Dafiq Hussein

It has been announced today that BT has accused Google of infringing on six of its patents. The telecoms giant has now filed a lawsuit against the American company in a Delaware court alleging that a variety of Google’s services infringe BT’s patents.

British Telecom has claimed that the Google services, including Android Market, Google Search, Google Maps, Google+ and Google Offers all violate patents that are owned by BT.

A Google representative has spoken out about BT’s allegations claiming that Google believed these claims were without reason and that they would defend the case as strongly and confidently as they could.

Florian Mueller, an IP analyst has stated that due to the fact that there are so many major patent holders asserting their rights, obligations to pay royalties may force Google to alter its Android licensing model and therefore pass royalties on to device makers.

Google are currently involved in a number of lawsuits relating to their Android, whilst British Telecom has also been in the news recently with regard to their new deal with European Parliament worth £100 million.

BT is set to provide networked IT and professional services. They have signed a five year contract which will see them service three main sites in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg. It is estimated that some 6,000 EU officials will be using the technology.

BT is to now provide IP telephony, unified communications, videoconferencing, telepresence, internet, switches and routers. British Telecom will also now be responsible for all systems integration, maintenance training and reporting at the three main sites.

Luis Alvarez, President EMEA and Latin America, BT Global Services, has been quoted saying: “Dimension Data had been the previous contract holder for these agreements, but we think that the European Parliament selected us this time because we think what we can offer is economically and technically better.”

With these latest revelations for BT, now may never have been a better time to make cheap international calls from a BT landline, especially if you are calling Europe as they may see fit to reduce rates when calling European numbers. It’s probably not worth holding your breath however…