Good old BT has stepped into the litigation fray and is suing Google for patent infringement. Yay. It doesn’t seem like yesterday that BT was in court trying to extract cash from US ISP Prodigy over its use of HTTP links.
What a world this is becoming. I recognise that Intellectual Property needs protection but it does seem at times that the feeding frenzy is doing nobody any good other than a global community of lawyers .
You can almost picture the scene, the birds of prey (legal eagles), hovering at a safe distance, kept aloft by the thermal currents rising from the technology battlefield below. If anyone wants to draw me a cartoon depicting this I will stick it in this post 🙂
It would be interesting to see how much the average price of a smart phone is driven up by the overhead incurred in legal fees spent defending patent litigation.