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LG and HTC join forces with Google, all now backing Samsung in its patent brawl with Apple

LG and HTC join forces with Google, all now backing Samsung in its patent brawl with Apple

They are fierce rivals. They usually try to outfox each other and score one more customer over their direct competitors. They'll battle each other for more a bigger bite of the market with a wide range of legal (and illegal) means.

Say what you want about the top-tier Android manufacturers, like Samsung, LG, HTC, but there's something that unites them all in a large-scale entente - their mutual "antipathy" towards Apple and its usual desire to enforce its patent rights to the fullest.

It looks like LG and HTC might have just joined forces with Samsung, Google, and a few other tech companies in their patent battle against Cupertino, which has been trying to force a sales ban of a number of allegedly patent-infringing Samsung products.

The smartphone makers are trying to back Sammy and El Goog in their plead for litigation. Google, LG, and HTC, among others, even required for permission to sign an amicus curiae brief, which means that all of them want to willingly provide the court with testimony and information regarding the Samsung-Apple patent saga without being explicitly asked to by the court and Judge Lucy Koh, in particular.

Meanwhile, in Apple's camp, we see no major smartphone maker willing to back Cupertino in its patent-enforcing endeavors.

Last December, Samsung and Apple met once again in the US Court of Appeals, where judges extensively questioned them about the allegedly patent-infringing products. The point of this most recent questioning as to determine whether Apple should be entitled the full award of $930 million or a lower portion of it. 

source: Scribd via Foss Patents

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posted on 08 Jan 2015, 03:51 38

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I thought I'd never see this day come. :')

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 04:09 5

13. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I'm not sure what HTC and LG bring to the party as it were. HTC already was on the losing end of a patent fight with Apple. LG may have signed a similar deal with Apple, only we don't know about it due to a nondisclosure provision.

This sounds more like HTC and LG piling on than anything else. I suspect they are hoping to see Sammy's damages hit reduced so they can in turn push for a similar reduction in the royalty rate they have to pay Apple.

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 07:28 3

33. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Maybe, but it's good to see LG and HTC are backing up Sammy with Google.

Is that The Rock vs the Stone Cold Steve Austin?

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 10:39 4

43. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10731; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Here is what HTC brings. Apple claimed their patents weren't fpor sale, or they wanted to charge an arm and a leg to license. Samsung even stated Apple ask way to much in licensing. They foced HTC who simpluy didnt have the money to battle APple and they gave in. However, if Apple did sell HTC patents at a low cost that it wasn't willl to sell to Samsung at a similar cost, then Apple could be in serious trouble. Especially if these are the same patents Apple sued Samsung with, but freely sold to HTC.

Not sure what LG brings, but yet again LG could also say hey we also tried to license and APple was being a bigot and the fact you all garnted them patents they should never have received.

With overwhelming evidence show that Apple simply was allowed to patent things that were not novel and were very obvious, Koh will have no choice but to reverse the ruling. Apple isn't entitled to a dime. The only phone Samsung made that even looks like an iPhone was the original Galaxy S. No other devic ethey make comes close.

Yet you have these chinese company's like GooPhone who makes phones that are 100% identical and Apple hasnt said a word.

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 21:22 1

56. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


The reason Apple isn't going after companies like goophone is because they are based in China and the Chinese Government will just defend their own manufacturer.

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 08:30 5

36. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


ANDROID ARMY UNITED WE STAND! Apple think they have the right to own everything when the technology already existed we just need Sony to join. Remember the greedy fruit BANNED htc ONE x few years ago. Now payback is going to be a bytch against Apple

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 03:53 15

2. The_Godfather (Posts: 187; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


And XIaomi gonna back Apple in its brawl since they copy every damn thing from Apple lolz.

Good to see LG and HTC backing up Sammy.

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 04:04

10. phljcnth (Posts: 485; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Lenovo and Goophone will stand by Apple no matter what.

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 04:08 4

12. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; Member since: 24 May 2011)


xioami make great phones. I own a mi3 infact but no one can deny they are Apples biggest copycats. Recent example of lenovo copying apple. I mean seriously whats with chinese companies and copying.

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 04:20 1

20. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


They still can't think of their own designs.

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 06:59 2

32. joey_sfb (Posts: 6037; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


iOS 7 is a copy of MIUI 5. But so what, said XiaoMi CEO.

Their primary focus is still phone sales. As long as some one would buy they will sell. If this you copy me mentality prevails in the 30's only ford will be allow to make cars. Only cocola is allow to make coke flavour drink.

Apple hardcore fans need to wake up their idea. Silly group of people.

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 10:42 3

44. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10731; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Apple is a Chinese company in disguise as a US company.

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 03:53 1

3. mitoita (Posts: 77; Member since: 03 Apr 2014)


shame on them....

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 03:57 16

7. The_Godfather (Posts: 187; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


shame on you......

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 04:41 1

26. mitoita (Posts: 77; Member since: 03 Apr 2014)


iff they can beat now they try to kill:)) ( ban the products....)
your stupid like night :)

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 03:54 19

4. shaineql (Posts: 374; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


You cant do anything against apple , its main US company with Obama and bunch of fanboys behind it. Even if you win in court like samsung did earlier , Obama will veto it and GG.

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 03:55 6

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


And where is Google from? Oh right.

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 04:09 4

14. shaineql (Posts: 374; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Ye ye , give me a break , if you look at it like that than samsung is US too , korea was US colony until recently , do you really think America left just like that ? Hell no.Man behind samsung is part of those who rule all the major companies in the world, we all know it .

You really think companies that are ruled by the same people care about few mils worth of patents , ofc not .All this legal bs is just a research to see who gets more support by customers so they can push that company more instead of the other.

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 04:17 7

16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I stopped reading after the first two lines. My brain couldn't process so much errors at once.

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 17:30

54. Pattyface (Posts: 1636; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


I was thinking that same thing.. My god that was some broken up garbled mess of words

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 04:47 4

27. drunkenjay (Posts: 930; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


i dont even know what your are talking about... US is US and korea is korea. US never took control of korea, US helped korea. learn some history or dont talk about it.

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 08:47 2

37. TBomb (Posts: 772; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Sure Google is American... but it's also viewed as the big bad wolf because it makes money off of your information... Apple is viewed as the perfect All-American son.... good grades in school. captain of varisty teams. popular. funny. and rich.

To keep the metaphor alive... let's say their brothers.... in this case.. Apple would be the favorite and Google would be the forgotten child.

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 04:00 1

9. Bozzor (Posts: 182; Member since: 02 May 2012)


I believe you may need to study a little more about the Separation of Powers between the Legislative, Executive and Judiciary...

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 04:05 4

11. laughmi (banned) (Posts: 283; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


That always happens. Apple keeps on stealing innovation from Samsung/Google and others and patent others innovation. But I don't have any hope from US/China courts. They favor too much their companies over foreign companies and kill the innovation. Allowing angles and icons to be patented was horrible. why don't patent a phone and just allow Motorola to manufacture it?? Oh a sheep might say Apple invented the mobile technology! Damn sheeps.

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 04:18 1

19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Ironic since you have Cook as your avatar picture.

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 04:27 5

23. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


But his username is "laughmi", which also means "laugh me", and guess who's the "mi"? Xiaomi.

So, his avatar picture is supposed to be sarcasticly laughing at Tim Cook, not supporting Tim Cook. Am "mi" right?

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 05:16 3

30. laughmi (banned) (Posts: 283; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


Wow great and funny analogy! laughmi because after reading Xiaomi's Redmi 1s reviews I can't help laughing on Xiaomi.

Image becz of reply #29

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 05:12 1

29. laughmi (banned) (Posts: 283; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


Oh. Look carefully thats just a funny pic of Cook. I hope this new avatar won't let you belive I am an iSheep.

PS.- I personally belive Tim Cook is the most funniest gay... I mean guy in the world!

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 03:56 10

6. phljcnth (Posts: 485; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Go slay that bitch!

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 04:00 13

8. Diezparda (Posts: 874; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


good moves, Apple patent kill the real innovation

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