British Telecom (BT) have filed suit against Google, claiming that the search giant has infringed upon six of the company’s patents.
It’s a potentially sticky situation for Google, as the patents involved concern products right across Google’s portfolio, including Google Search, AdSense, Google+, Google Docs,Google Maps, Gmail and Android.
One patent in particular that BT are claiming Google have ripped off is one that uses a technology to recognise location and then tailor options or sources of information based on that data. Such location features are embedded deep within many of Google’s services.
BT’s is the latest in a string of high-profile lawsuits thrown Google’s way. Apple and Microsoft in particular have worked against Google’s smartphone Android efforts, claiming many patents had been infringed upon with the search giant’s platform.