Litigation that Google launched against BT concurrently in the United States and Britain this week marks the first instances where the US company has sued another for patent infringement. Google’s wholly owned subsidiary Motorola Mobility has initiated patent litigation since being taken over by the Californian company and Google itself has assigned patents to its Android partners for assertion purposes in the past, but these two cases regarding BT represent the first time where the company has filed for patent infringement in its own name.

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