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British Telecom Sues Google for Patent Infringement

December 19, 2011 - British Telecommunications, better known as British Telecom or simply BT, recently became the fifth large publicly-traded company to sue Google Inc. for patent infringement related to Android. (The other four are Apple, Oracle, Microsoft and eBay.)

BT claims that Google's Android operating system and various Google services infringe six of BT's patents. BT's filing also suggests that the lawsuit is the end result of previous negotiations in which Google refused to pay. BT is thus seeking triple damages for willful infringement as well as an injunction.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.