British Telecoms (BT) has become the fifth major technology company to bring a patent infringement case against Google, as the company seeks unspecified damages and an injunction.
Apple, Microsoft, Oracle and eBay have previously taken shots at the search giant over patents of a similar nature.
The suit, filed with a U.S. District Court in Delaware, claims that a wide array of Google's services violate a patent held by the telecoms, affecting Google Search, Google Music, and the Android Market. Even Google Maps and social network Google+ is not immune to the claim.
BT will not be an easy challenger to face in the courts. Having said that, it could go the same was as its fateful 'hyperlink case' went at the turn of the century.
From the court papers, it seems BT had previously sought to license the patents, but Google had refused to pay.
Should BT prevail in its case against Google, the suit may force the search and mobile giant to change how it delivers the operating system to device manufacturers, according to FOSS Patents author Florian Mueller.
While Mueller is not aware of whether BT has filed a similar case in any European courts, he notes that Android is once again in the patent infringement spotlight.
"Android already had more than enough intellectual problems anyway. Now Google faces one more large organisation that believes its rights are infringed. BT probably wants to continue to be able to do business with all mobile device makers and therefore decided to sue Google itself", he said on his blog.