Re: article headline fail
said by TBBroadband:They're suing American companies. Maybe you should learn how to read a little better.
Google may have their hand in everything in the US but this is England/the UK where the suit would be heard. Good luck on Google winning there. If Google tries to have the cause heard here- BT could just never reply to the claim as not an American company nor do they do business here.
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Lack of Authority I don't think a court in California has authority over British Telecom. British Telecom is in Britain and I don't think they have any operations in the states.
It would be like a creditor suing someone who lives in Nevada in a Florida court who has never been to Florida. One of the principles of due process is to have the case heard in a court where the incident occurred. In the states, if a court case involves parties in different states, then the case generally can be removed to US District Court (which corporations usually do when they are sued over a Slip n Fall, as Walmart is based in Bentonville, Arkansas and the alleged incident occurred in Massachusetts). But I don't think the federal court system has jurisdiction over foreign corporations that do not have a business interest in the United States. As for Apple v Samsung, Samsung does currently market their products in the US so the US Courts DO have jurisdiction.
I bet the case will be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. If Scroogle wants to sue British Telecom, they'll have to sue in Britain.
And if Google does win in California, they'll have a hard time enforcing the judgement.
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Re: Lack of Authority
said by TBBroadband:Except the companies they are suing ARE American companies. Learn how to read.
They can file in the US all they want. Federal court or not. BT is NOT an American Company and does NOT own anything here nor conduct business as a registered business in the US. Which would give them full rights not to even reply to the suit in American Court. If they were smart, they would NOT reply here. Make Google to to the UK and go in front of their people who already have issues with them on some grounds or another. Especially with the whole spying on open wireless networks.
| || When it comes to patent law, I think things are a bit different. Patents are territorial - meaning that it is conceivable that one could hold a patent in the United States but not hold it in Europe. That, of course, means that it's also possible to have someone violate a patent in the United States while not violating it elsewhere. (Disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer, but am currently involved with development of a few processes that I and my partners plan to patent if possible... so we started taking a cursory look at what might need to be done. Hence I discovered the above.)|
Assuming the above to be accurate, it is possible for BT to be sued for violating a patent in the United States if they are somehow tangentially involved with violative activities here. They could be involved in a joint business venture, provide financial backing for a business venture, or be planning a business venture here - that's probably all that's required to file a suit in a US court.
Edit: Apparently Google did file lawsuits in the US and UK simultaneously. Thanks negritude.
I do have to wonder why Google didn't decide to simultaneously file a lawsuit in the European courts as well. If BT is somehow involved with infringing activities in the US, I'd suspect they're also infringing in the UK. I suppose it's always possible that they aren't, or that Google doesn't own the appropriate patents in Europe.
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Re: Lack of Authority
said by TBBroadband:They're suing American companies. Learn how to read.
You are correct with it being territorial. Unless of course the patent is international and registered in all countries you wish to own it in. BT could in fact own the patent in the UK and use it there, legally. Google could own it in the US and own use it legally but it does not give Goog the right to go to the UK and sue BT over it if they own it there, especially if BT filed and received the patent well before Google even thought about it.