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One clear winner in the just-announced Apple-Samsung verdict was Google.

It emerged during trial that Google had agreed to back Samsung’s defense and indemnify it on at least two of the patents at issue in the case — the ones related to background synchronization and universal search. However, the jury found that Samsung’s products didn’t infringe on those two patents.

It did find that the accused Samsung products infringed on the “quick links” patent and ruled some, but not all, of the Samsung products infringed on Apple’s “slide-to-unlock” patent. A third patent, covering automatic word correction, was determined by the court to have been infringed, but the jury was tasked with deciding damages and the validity of that patent. In all, the jury awarded Apple $119 million in damages.

While Google may not have been directly on the hook in the case, the jury’s findings on the other patents represent yet another ruling that Android phones infringe on Apple patents, so it is probably too strong to call it a clean sweep for the search giant.

A Google representative declined to comment.

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3 comments
halo
halo

Google is a loser in that it agreed to pay Samsung's legal bills, but yes, the amount is much lower than what Apple was seeking. This story isn't over, though. First, the jury will tweak the amount (upward) on Monday to correct an oversight. And if Judge Koh decides she'd rather not visit her family back in South Korea again, she can triple the damages due to willful infringement by Samsung. Finally, though, Samsung will be appealing these decisions for years. Samsung has already gained tremendous market advantage by avoiding injunctions on its infringing products. Kudos to Apple management for doing the right thing in spite of the masses assembled against it.

Grafttter
Grafttter

"What the trial really does is give Apple 2 solid patents to use in asking for damages + patent licensing from LG, Lenovo/Motorola and every other Android licensee that wants to sell phones in the U.S. "



WRONG. Sounds like you don't understand what happened. It doesn't give Apple ANYTHING to work with. Not all devices infringed on these Apple patents, meaning there are active workarounds all the Android OEM's now know to use in order to completely sidestep ANY and ALL of Apples demands for royalties on those patents. There was only ONE Apple patent that wasn't found to be worked around in this case by the jury, but Samsung is the SOLE offender of that patent, LG Sony and the others aren't.


Apple walks away with ZERO ammunition versus other Android OEM's who will just use this verdict as a blue print for what workarounds to use. Google and Android wins.

DED
DED

The reason this article is silly is because Google was never worried about having to pay some percentage of $2.2B. It can afford it to keep Android alive. It just paid $12.5B to keep Android alive, and then lost +$2B keeping Motorola flush with cash. 


It could afford to throw 100% of $2.2B at Apple to keep Android relevant.


What the trial really does is give Apple 2 solid patents to use in asking for damages + patent licensing from LG, Lenovo/Motorola and every other Android licensee that wants to sell phones in the U.S. 


And that will do more to force Android to stop copying Apple than a $2.2B potential win, particularly as Samsung won't have to pay damages for years as it keeps this going in the courts with appeals. 


It was never about the money, and Google was never concerned about its financial liability or it wouldn't have been stealing Apple's IP in the first place. 

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