Google says Apple-Samsung decision not related to core of Android
Statement condems verdict as bad for competition
TechTrade | 28 Aug 2012 :
The jury's decision in the landmark Samsung-Apple patent battle doesn't relate to the core of the Android mobile operating system, Google said in a brief statement Monday.
"The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. Most of these don't relate to the core Android operating system and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office," Google said. "The mobile industry is moving fast and all players - including newcomers - are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don't want anything to limit that."
As the creator of Android, Google said that it doesn't want anything to limit the creation of innovative and affordable products. However, it's statement didn't elaborate on whether or how Google plans to prevent company's from limiting development of Android-based devices.
Google's reaction could be seen as a statement showing the company's willingness to fight Apple in legal circles, at least indirectly, by financially helping Android manufacturing partners defend themselves against patent attacks by the iPhone maker, some analysts said.
Google didn't say whether it's considering taking legal action against Apple, although it is expected to carefully follow Samsung's appeal of last week's decision.
In its statement, Google also sought to minimize the impact of the decision, noting that the mobile industry moves fast and is constantly building on ideas that have been around for decades.
Google has not yet been directly involved in Android-related patent disputes against Android manufacturers or in countersuits against Apple.
There have been more than 50 patent lawsuits filed by both Samsung and Apple in 10 countries.
Apple's success in defending its patents could find different results in other countries.
Some experts note that US Patent Office patents are sometimes granted prematurely and later found to be invalid as has occurred with some Apple patents in the UK and Germany.
IDG News Service