Patent-Infrigement Lawsuit Hits Google From Skyhook

Google was sued in both federal and state courts in Massachusetts on Wednesday by location-services provider Skyhook over patent-infringement claims as well as business "interference".

Skyhook is claiming that Google used its control over Android and Google Maps to bar Skyhook's mapping technology from Motorola's Android handsets in favour of the search company's own technology, and that Google's mapping technology violates four Skyhook patents.

Specifically, the complaint regarding business interference filed in Massachusetts state court claims that Google's Andy Rubin, head of the Android project, demanded that Motorola chief executive Sanjay Jha drop Skyhook's technology from Motorola handsets, or Google would remove Android certification from those handsets.

"As none of these devices was preloaded with [Skyhook's] software — as would have occurred but for Google's interference — Skyhook lost millions of dollars in royalties provided under the Motorola contract," Skyhook wrote in the complaint.

"Google's interference also harmed Skyhook by preventing enhancements to Skyhook's database that would have occurred but for the deprivation of data from these phones," the complaint added.

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