BT sues Google in U.S. over alleged patent infringement in Android, various services

“After Apple, Oracle, Microsoft, and eBay, British Telecommunications plc (commonly referred to as “British Telecom” or simply “BT”) has just become the fifth large publicly-traded company to bring patent infringement litigation against Android,” Florian Mueller reports for FOSS Patents. “(By ‘large’ I mean companies with a market capitalizations in the tens or hundreds or billions of dollars, not even counting Gemalto, a company worth €3 billion that is suing Google as well as the three leading Android handset makers.)”

“BT seeks damages — even triple damages for willful and deliberate infringement — as well as an injunction,” Mueller reports. “The complaint suggests that Google refused to pay. The second sentence of paragraph 21 states that ‘BT brings this action to recover the just compensation it is owed and to prevent Google from continuing to benefit from BT’s ivnentions without authorization.'”

Mueller reports, “With so many major patent holders asserting their rights, obligations to pay royalties may force Google to change its Android licensing model and pass royalties on to device makers… Android already had more than enough intellectual problems anyway. Now Google faces one more large organization that believes its rights are infringed.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Steve Jobs on Android: “It’s a stolen product.”

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz,” “Alan Williams,” and “Nigel UK Mac Guy” for the heads up.]

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Steve Jobs: ‘I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product; I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this’ – October 20, 2011


  1. Caught red-handed


    To be caught in the act of committing a misdemeanour, with the evidence there for all to see.


    The Red Hand has long been a heraldic and cultural symbol of the northern Irish province of Ulster. One of the many myths as to its origin is the tale of how, in a boat race in which the first to touch the shore of Ulster was to become the province’s ruler, one contestant guaranteed his win by cutting off his hand and throwing it to the shore ahead of his rivals. The potency of the symbol remains and is used in the Ulster flag, and as recently as the 1970s a group of Ulster loyalist paramilitaries named themselves the Red Hand Commandos.

    Red-handed doesn’t have a mythical origin however – it is a straightforward allusion to having blood on one’s hands after the execution of a murder or a poaching session. The term originates, not from Northern Ireland, but from a country not so far from there, socially and geographically, i.e. Scotland. An earlier form of ‘red-handed’, simply ‘red hand’, dates back to a usage in the Scottish Acts of Parliament of James I, 1432.

    Red-hand appears in print many times in Scottish legal proceedings from the 15th century onward; for example, this piece from Sir George Mackenzie’s A discourse upon the laws and customs of Scotland in matters criminal, 1674:

    “If he be not taken red-hand the sheriff cannot proceed against him.”

    The earliest known printed version of ‘red-handed’ is from Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe, 1819:

    “I did but tie one fellow, who was taken redhanded and in the fact, to the horns of a wild stag.”

    Scott was an avid student of Scottish history and folklore, which he relentlessly mined for inspiration in his novel writing. He is certain to have heard ‘redhand’ before writing Ivanhoe. The step from ‘redhand’ to ‘redhanded’ isn’t large, so calling Scott the originator of the term is perhaps being over generous to him. Nevertheless, the enormous popularity of his books certainly brought ‘red-handed’ to a wide audience and, without him, the term might now be long forgotten.

    16th and 17th century Scottish sources provide various examples of ‘apprehended redhand’, ‘taken with redhand’ etc. but the earliest known citation of the currently used ‘caught red-handed’ phrase is in the English novelist George Alfred Lawrence’s work Guy Livingstone; or, ‘Thorough’, 1857:

    My companion picked up the object; and we had just time to make out that it was a bell-handle and name-plate, when the pursuers came up – six or seven “peelers” and specials, with a ruck of men and boys. We were collared on the instant. The fact of the property being found in our possession constituted a ‘flagrans delictum’ – we were caught “red-handed.”

      1. That was an imteresting post that you in your finite wisdom chose to ridicule. Talk about being a riot at parties, I certainly would not want to be at any party where you were welcome, crawl back under your rock.

  2. Only, Google has never lost a law suit. If they refused to pay it means they have proof that the patent in question is bogus and would like the opportunity to take it down in court.

    1. And you believe that, do you? Along with the Tooth Fairy, the Great Pumpkin, Santa Claus, and the world being flat. BT have been in telecommunications for a very long time, much longer than Google have been in existence. Google refuse to pay by working on the principle of sticking their fingers in their ears and whistling loudly, hoping it will all go away.
      Google’s company motto: “What’s yours is mine, what’s mine is my own”

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