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NewsPoster Feb 14, 2013 11:55 AM
Google files countersuit against BT over patent infringement
Google has countersued UK telecommunications giant <a href="" rel='nofollow'>British Telecom</a> over the use of our network-related patents. The countersuit is in retaliation over BT's <a href="" rel='nofollow'>original lawsuit</a>, which claimed Google infringed BT-owned patents in the development of Android, Google Maps, other related services, and also basic search functions. <br />
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Four patents owned by Google are claimed to be infringed by BT and its subsidiaries, with the infringed patents covering quality-of-service products and conferencing services over its IP network. Google has listed BT Conferencing, BT Americas, BT INS, and Ipanema Technologies as the infringing parties, with a court in the Central District of California receiving a filing yesterday, and one in the UK receiving one today.

Google spokesperson Niki Fenwick said that the company has "always seen litigation as a last resort, and we work hard to avoid lawsuits," in an e-mail sent <a href="" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">to</a> <em>Reuters</em>, continuing "but BT has brought several meritless patent claims against Google and our customers, and they've also been arming patent trolls." A BT spokesperson declined to comment on pending litigation.

The original BT lawsuit, which commenced in December 2011, was issued to a Delaware court, and covered a total of six patents for telecommunications and navigation. The claimed violations were deemed "willful" by BT, and so allowed for triple damages to be potentially awarded, though this was dropped <a href="" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">in March</a> in an attempt to accelerate the lawsuit.

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