A new wave of disputes over the rights and obligations of internet service providers and other companies may be starting to crop up.
It’s the latest development in a series of escalating tensions between the internet industry and major online services, which have already included disputes over net neutrality, a requirement that internet service provider content must be free from harmful ads.
The latest dispute is between Google and its former chief executive Sundar Pichai, who has since stepped down.
The Google-Google patent dispute has sparked a fierce debate among Internet service providers.
Some argue that it violates net neutrality because it is preventing the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA), the industry’s largest trade body, from regulating the content that is shared by online services.
Google’s rival, Facebook, has also been fighting back, arguing that the patent dispute is an unfair attack on free speech and that its service should be regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
In its statement, Google argued that the patents were invalid because they were “intended to prevent a single company from developing and using an internet platform to enable its services to compete in the marketplace”.
“We have argued that this patent does not protect Google’s platform from the same harms that the FCC claims it does, and that this claim does not adequately describe the extent to which Google could use the technology to create its own internet platform,” the company said.
However, the case has been hotly contested between ISPs and internet service companies in Europe and the US, which claim that Google’s patent is not valid.
“I don’t think the public has heard that the internet was originally designed to serve the public interest, and I think it’s just wrong to claim that that is the reason why Google doesn’t protect the public,” said Brendan Murtagh, an intellectual property lawyer and former Google executive.
The latest patent dispute comes after another Google-related dispute in June that was also filed in Germany. “
It is just a huge mistake to claim the patent is somehow protecting Google.”
The latest patent dispute comes after another Google-related dispute in June that was also filed in Germany.
That case was also settled out of court, but it was later reported that the German courts had granted Google a temporary injunction blocking some of its search engine’s advertising and video-sharing services.
In a statement, an ISP in the Netherlands said the case was “the most serious legal challenge that has been lodged against Google” in the region.
The Netherlands’ ruling in the case comes at a time when Google is also embroiled in a legal battle over its patent portfolio in the US.
In July, the European Commission said it would start to consider whether Google should be granted patents related to the use of its YouTube and Google News platforms, after the internet giant admitted that some of them infringe on its patents.
The US Justice Department has also launched a criminal investigation into Google over its use of the patents, but Google has denied that the company is responsible for infringing on any of the European patents.
In May, Google agreed to pay $2.6bn to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by consumers of its video-streaming service.
That lawsuit accused Google of breaching a provision in its contracts with consumers that prevented it from making any money from the YouTube video service, but also accused the company of unfairly charging consumers for access to its content.
Google also faced a class action lawsuit in January from consumers who claimed that its Google Search app was designed to collect personal information.
The complaint said that the app was also designed to track users’ movements on its own servers and to collect information on their online activities.