Skyhook sues Google over Motorola deal, location patent

Skyhook Wireless
, maker of location positioning software, was in contract back in April to use its services in the manufacturer’s phones. The suit they filed yesterday alleges that Google bullied Motorola into breaking the contract. According to Skyhook’s accusations, Google required that its own location detection services be used in Android devices, thus interfering with Skyhook’s deal with Motorola.

As location is a current hotbed of investment and developer activity, this issue has increased significance for all the parties involved.

The suit claims that although Skyhook’s location software, called XPS, had already been tested by Motorola and approved by Google, Andy Rubin, VP for engineering at Google, issued a “stop ship” order, halting the shipment of devices that incorporated XPS.

The complaint is repeated for a second company, referred to as “Company X,” and tells of a similar experience.

In a separate case, Skyhook is also suing Google for infringing on its patents for location detection. I won’t even attempt to parse it. Debating over the complexity of legal language mixed with the laborious detail of patents, all addressing the vague nature of software code uniqueness is not something I wish on anyone.

If you want to take a crack at reading either of the suits, here’s the strong-arming one and the patent case.

via New York Times

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