Hyperlink case ‘not on priority list’ – BT CEO

Wait and see

The head of BT is waiting to hear back from lawyers in the US before deciding his next move concerning the telco's claim to own hyperlinks.

Last month the monster telco lost its legal challenge to charge US ISPs a fee for using hyperlinks after a judge ruled that ISPs did not infringe a patent filed by BT more than 25 years ago. BT has yet to comment on the case officially or decide what to do next.

However, speaking today BT CEO Ben Verwaayen said that the matter was "not on [his] priority list at all".

Is this an indication that BT will let this matter go without a fight? Perhaps. Perhaps not. The impression, though, is that BT will probably walk away from this and call it quits. Word is that BT could be ready to comment officially in the next couple of weeks. ®

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