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Google is suing BT, claiming the British telco has infringed a number of its technologies. Google has launched a series of legal actions against the firm in claiming four of its patents have been violated, and has also filed a separate case in the UK.
BT had been expecting such action after it launched its own case against Google in 2011. That dispute has yet to be resolved. “We have always seen litigation as a last resort, and we work hard to avoid lawsuits,” said a spokeswoman for Google.”But BT has brought several meritless patent claims against Google and our customers – and they’ve also been arming patent trolls.” Patent troll describes firms that acquire patents so that they can later extract settlements from companies on infringement claims.
In 2012, New Jersey-based intellectual property owner Suffolk Technologies sued Google and US Internet service provider AOL over two patents it had acquired from BT.