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British Telecom sues Google over six US patents

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British Telecom sues Google over six US patents - read the full textGoogle broke all sorts of records with its Android operating system, but its rapid growth is coming at a pretty high price. There's already a lengthy list of companies that want a piece of the search giant's healthy income and we just heard there's a new addition to it. British...

 

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BT found out (after all this time) that google search and google maps are infringing on their patents!!!

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  • 2011-12-21 13:04
  • ut}u

I'm an Android fan, but hope BT sues the hell out of Google. Google is becoming the largest, most predatory, most evil big brother company on earth. A company who can make an easy buck on a product that costs little to produce - software and advertising.

PS: BT has many innovations - a court case that Apple won recently was only because Apple had bought one of BT's patents. BT must have witnessed this and realised that other companies are cashing in, so they may as well too. If you wan't to complain, blame the US patent system.

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  • 2011-12-20 14:04
  • nIdA

Reading all about those suits...apple, samsung, htc, now BT...I'm coming to an idea!

I will patent the way i walk, and it will be something like this:

Walking, meaning, putting my leg one in front of another while moving forward in predefined or random path in sense of getting to certain place.
So all of you will be forced to innovate a new way of walking or you'll have to pay me for using my kind of walk! :))

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  • 2011-12-20 14:03
  • MNSr

> In reply to ananana @ 2011-12-19 17:44 from 4G49 - click to readha ha ha.. that was good one.

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  • 2011-12-20 13:02
  • vGFQ

> In reply to SameerChavan @ 2011-12-20 09:51 from Mbui - click to readno body stopped other companies to use the patents. The only case is that they have to pay the price for using them. and in this case google hasn't paid to BT.

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  • 2011-12-20 12:56
  • vGFQ

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-12-20 01:52 from cNHv - click to readVery well said. Those companies holding patents and doing nothing for years should in fact be punished and penalized. They are keeping humankind deprived of new innovations and preventing others(google) to make good things.

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  • 2011-12-20 09:51
  • Mbui

totly wrong with the british.....

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  • 2011-12-20 06:06
  • uCrf

> In reply to WASFY @ 2011-12-19 20:07 from K2Gk - click to readI hear you. But business is business.

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  • 2011-12-20 02:13
  • P@1$

I am of the opinion that companies with patents but has no plans to do anything with them in any substantial manner should actually lose them.

Companies using the patent system to make money all in itself is simply a leech, in the end causing greater cost to the end consumers. It's arbitrary and senseless.

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  • 2011-12-20 01:52
  • cNHv

Madness!! If i click the submit button i will go to jail because it is patented innovation....

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  • 2011-12-19 23:32
  • n98p

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-12-19 20:14 from 3k5r - click to readrest patents are even more ridiculous. a map with POI... how did it even happen that BT patented something that existed for thousand years.

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  • 2011-12-19 23:22
  • 3NB}

LOL... yea yea, everyone is jealous of androids success... ever thought 4 1 moment that google has ZERO regard for copyright laws???... serves google right.... hope they learn.

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  • 2011-12-19 21:53
  • ib9$

It's actually called 'BT Group plc'... hasn't been British Telecommunications/Telecom for a while.

And to the people saying BT is a "turd" ISP - it's network runs 80+% of all UK connections. Just because Company X resells you a service, or has their own kit in your local exchange, does not mean it's not BT's network... ;)

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  • 2011-12-19 20:24
  • nIrj

Google really should pay for licenses, not just steal stuff and give it away.

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  • 2011-12-19 20:21
  • v}7@

i just read the content of some of the claims. Example:

According to the complaint, this patent covers the generation and transmission of "shortlists of sources of information dependent upon the location of a user", which lists "may relate to sources of information respecitng services, facilities, friends and transportation and may be generated in accordance with user preferences".

Are these guys for real? How on earth can you patent such a vague "technology" ?????
It is really sad that at the end of the day is still us paying the bills with increased prices or delays in getting IT

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  • 2011-12-19 20:14
  • 3k5r

what is wrong with BT??? I think they are jealous of Android!!! Anyways, No matter what happens, I am with Android!!!! :D

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  • 2011-12-19 20:07
  • K2Gk

Worst isp in the uk.Total turd and deserve to go out of business.Bt dont even try and compete with google you tools.Turd isp for dumb people.

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  • 2011-12-19 19:40
  • 0FcN

why did the BT just wake up now????!!!!!....now I think my neighbor will sue me because I have same garden size and shape and maybe have some same kind of flowers he have loooool....really these suits are becoming silly

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  • 2011-12-19 19:12
  • nCMJ

British Telecom hasn't existed since 1991.

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  • 2011-12-19 19:07
  • Mx@E

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