It's all very well sueing other companies but BT ought to watch its step because people haven't forgotten that they tried to enforce a patent which they thought gave them the rights on hyperlinks. They lost but had they won they might have found that companies no longer wish to trade with them and Apple is in the same boat as all your doing is making yourself unpopular.
"providing services by means of a combination of communications networks in spite of differing capabilities on the bandwidth that is available in certain mobile networks." How did they ever get a patent for this? Did the bribe the patent office?
In a perfect world, the judge would be knowledgeable enough, or have consultants who would inspire him to ask, "How has BT put this patent into practice? What specific code has been used to make this work?" Then, he would have experts compare the code and if they aren't substantially (51%+) the same, throws the lawsuit out.
I mean, the 4th patent listed looks like a relational database - associate a customer name with their account and with their purchases and any other relavent info. Can you say "overly-broad"?
This is yet another example of how the patent system throughout the world is broken. In the past you had to have a rough sketch of how the innovation worked prior to filing. Without a working or visible theoretical example, the patent would never go through. Now you can patent an idea without so much as developing a single thing. This is absurd and ridiculous and needs to change. Pretty soon people will be in violation of patents for breathing and we'll all have to pay royalties to some schmuck of a company.
[citation][nom]Vigilante212[/nom]could these patents be any more vague.[/citation]
Thats what I was thinking...
[citation][nom]richboyliang[/nom]good luck defeating google's team of 500 lawyers[/citation]
I would think google has more then 500? lol
[citation][nom]Fatalshot808[/nom]I don't understand why they wait so long to sue, android has been out since 2005 and so has google's AdWords. The Patent System is very Flawed...[/citation]
As long as you have the patent you can sue at anytime....and they waited until it did enough "damage" that they can sue for a large amount. Maybe some kind of common knowledge clause should be added :-\
If Android supposedly copied Apple, and Android is now apparently infringing on BT patents, then doesn't that mean either BT or Apple are infringing on each other's patents? Talk about a potential patent love triangle!
Yeah we definitively have to take a better look at the patent office, maybe have people who knows what they're doing, like come on these things are so vague, at this point they are irrelevant. Once a mistake made I understand, but why let this go to court, waste of tax payers money (well it would be in Canada, IDK if in the states the lawsuit itself pays for the courts services or does the government?) waste of time, this is just getting Google MORE publicity as if they needed it, and makes BT look like trolls.