Skyhook Sues Google in a Location Battle Royale

Thursday Sep 16th 2010 by Staff

Location service provider Skyhook has filed a patent infringement lawsuit and a business interference lawsuit against Google.

Gigaom: Skyhook, a mapping and location services provider, has filed two separate lawsuits against competitor Google. The first, a business interference lawsuit filed in Massachusetts Superior Court, alleges that Google used its relationship with handset providers to block Skyhook technology from devices. According to the complaint, "In complete disregard of its common-law and statutory obligations, and in direct opposition to its public messaging encouraging open innovation, Google wielded its control over the Android operating system, as well as other Google mobile applications such as Google Maps, to force device manufacturers to use its technology rather than that of Skyhook, to terminate contractual obligations with Skyhook, and to otherwise force device manufacturers to sacrifice superior end user experience with Skyhook by threatening directly or indirectly to deny timely and equal access to evolving versions of the Android operating system and other Google mobile applications."

The second lawsuit claims that Google is infringing on four Skyhook patents. It asks for an injunction to force Google to stop offering some services, as well as for damages.

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