Why Skyhook Wireless Is Suing Google, and What This Means for the Future of Alternative Location

In September, Skyhook Wireless issued a statement that it had filed two lawsuits against Google, pertaining to infringement of four patents and “business interference”. The latter relates to two agreements that Skyhook Wireless has in place with Motorola and “Company B”, largely believed to be Samsung. Both companies have licensed Skyhook’s positioning software on devices supporting Google’s Android OS platform. Google, which has developed its own free Wi-Fi location technology, is accused of forcing these manufacturers to use its solution through a number of unfair practices. So why is Google going to such great lengths to impede Skyhook? Surely, it doesn’t matter what location technology is used?

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