Google and its mobile operating system platform, Android, have been once again dragged into another legal dispute, this time by British Telecom which claims that virtually all Android devices are infringing on a number of patents currently under its possession.
In a lawsuit filed in the US - Google's home turf, British Telecom has asked for a hefty amount (in billions) from the Mountain View based search giant as compensation, reports have revealed.
The lawsuit has been filed in a Delaware court, and it involves as much as half a dozen patents related to Google Music, Google Maps, Android Market products as well as location based ads, which BT alleges, are direct violations of its intellectual properties.
If the lawsuit filed by BT is awarded with a positive verdict by the court, it will eventually mean that Google will have to pay the telecom giant royalties for each Android powered device it sells in the market.
"BT can confirm that it has commenced legal proceedings against Google by filing a claim with the US District Court of Delaware for patent infringement," a BT spokesperson said in an exclusive statement to the Guardian.