It means that BT will line up with Apple, Oracle, Microsoft and eBay as the latest multibillion dollar firm to whack Google round the head with legal papers due its notoriously patent-weak Android operating system.
As patent expert Florian Mueller points out, the case against Google centres around BT seeking “damages” for deliberate infringement of its patent portfolio.
BT apparently wants to “recover the just compensation it is owed” and to “prevent Google from continuing to benefit” without its authorisation, which sounds like BT might be angling for a royalties deal. And, of course, with the popularity of Android this could mean a lot of cash for BT if it wins, particularly with Google pushing through its Motorola deal.
This could make life even more difficult for Google if device makers are forced to pay out extra for its supposedly free operating system, with the likes of Samsung already stumping up cash in existing royalties settlements with Microsoft.
The six patent cases filed in the patent-friendly US District Court for Delaware cover a variety of telecoms systems, with BT likely to be drawing on its patents from its nineties heyday in the mobile market.
The wide ranging patents also cover other parts of Google’s business, spanning most aspects from Google Music, Google+ and Google Search to Google Maps.
Google has long been lamenting the patent cases that it is continuously landed with, and BT will further add to its woes.