Soon after jury reached a verdict announcing Samsung did infringe on Apple’s design patents and it owes Apple over $1 billion in damages, Apple and Samsung both issued official statements regarding the jury’s decision and now, Google has reflected its thoughts saying that it isn’t worried about the outcome since “most of these [patents] don’t relate to the core Android operating system”, as highlighted by The Verge.
Below is Google’s official statement:
“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. 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”.
Samsung was the most obvious target for Apple because it was so blatant in its copying. However, Steve Jobs was willing to go Thermonuclear on Google’s Android OS and not Samsung. In fact, Google’s Nexus S running “Pure Google Android OS” without any Samsung UI software was recently hit with some of the patents that do relate directly to Google, such as the rubber band effect.
According to 9to5Mac:
“Can this really be the case when the “pure Google” Nexus S was hit with two patents: the ‘381inertial scrolling and rubber band effect’ patent and Patent 915 (right), which covers “programming interface for responding to finger scrolls and gestures” (a pretty far reaching one). They are not hardware patents or issues due to “rectangles” or any other manufacturing claims. These are software patents and there is no Samsung in pure Android software.”
Sounds like Google should indeed be worried. If you remember, Steve Jobs made it pretty clear to Google that he didn’t want their money but rather wanted them to stop using Apple’s ideas in Android OS.