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BT Joins the Android Patent Suit Party

Add yet another big company suing Google over Android: British Telecom says it should get a big check because Google’s mobile operating system infringes on multiple patents.

This is par for the course in mobile land, of course. And patents are the primary motivator in Google’s pending acquisition of Motorola Mobility; supposedly, the 25,000 patents Google would pick up in the deal will help protect it in legal fights just like these. Assuming antitrust regulators sign off on the deal, that is.

Back to the present tense: As Florian Mueller notes, the suit means BT joins the likes of Apple, Oracle, Microsoft and eBay, all of whom accuse Android of violating patent law. You can read the complete filing here.

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus