Google to take on some of Samsung’s burden in patent dispute with Apple

Google to take on some of Samsung’s burden in patent dispute with Apple
An attorney for Google testified in court that it would take over the defense against some of Apple’s claims in the patent lawsuit between Apple and Samsung. The move is part of a contractual agreement between Google and Samsung, where the former would indemnify the latter should Samsung suffer a loss as a result of whatever the ruling ends up being.

Google will cover Samsung on four of the patents in dispute, and take over the defense against Apple’s claims over those patents. Neither Samsung nor Google identified which patents affected.

Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung is over five patents and is arguing that Samsung should pay a couple billion dollars as compensation for infringement. Samsung is of course saying that it does not infringe on anything and is arguing the patents are not valid to begin with.

Up to now, Google has been on the sidelines, despite these issues being more closely related to the Android operating system or associated applications that were developed by Google. However, this shows that Google is indeed playing a more dominant role in defending the case along with Samsung.

Google’s direct involvement in the defense is part of the “Mobile Application Distribution Agreement” the company has with Samsung. This basically ensures that Samsung include a number of Google applications on its smartphones when they are sold, like Gmail and Google Maps.

source: re/code

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57. tokuzumi

Posts: 2026; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Google's attorneys will just show Judge Koh's web searches in her chambers, and the ruling will *un*surprisingly be in Sammy's favor

49. ErenJaeger

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

It'll be funny if in the future the history books marks 2014 as the age of the "Patent Wars". I can just imagine it. " Throughout the early twenty first century, the two big mobile tech companies, Apple and Samsung disputed over several patents, resulting in stalemates or sometimes billionas of dollars overturned. However, the game changed when Google decided to get involved in th Spring of 2014. To be continued..."

52. Anthony6612

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

Good one. Got a good laugh out of that.

53. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

I bet they'll make movie about that. A trilogy even.

61. BlankSpaceNai

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

Long ago, the four nations lived in harmony (Android, Apple, Blackberry, Windows). But that all changed, when the Apple Nation attacked....

62. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea...they lived harmony when Apple was leading the pack and the others were fighting for 2nd thru 4th place. I remember when Android was at the very bottom...in 4th place... Should make it a lil more clearer why many here hate Apple...

43. rockers123

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

Why the hell Apple not pulling Google to court. Samsung paying regards to Google

42. express77 unregistered

Samsung shouldn't pay more than 40 million $s. How can Apple demand so much and Judge can grant it? It is clearly seen what apple is doing. Corruption and biasness is clearly seen. Justice system should fire those corrupted judges. Most powerful country shouldn't act like this. And fixed rate should be made for the patents license.

46. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You can charge whatever you want as long as you do it semi equally. Meaning your not charging someone 100 while another 10. But if you charge one 20 and another 40, that is ok. Right now google/Samsung is fighting a payment war since if I am not mistaken the ruling already went to Apples favor.

47. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Actually no, this trial is for an entirely new set of devices. IIRC, the last trial's newest devices was the Galaxy Nexus, this one if I'm not mistaken is including the Galaxy S3 & S4, along with a few others that weren't in the last trial. However if the jury finds that the patents aren't worth what Apple is asking, that may affect the previous trial as well. At the very least it may affect the appeal for the previous trial. But as far as this trial, it hasn't gone to the jury yet, so it's in no one's favor at the moment.

41. tanmin

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Well done Google !

39. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Samsung be like, " we need back up". Lol! Google be like, " that Tizen Though"

54. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Lmao!

37. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I guess all the adults left, let shut the door.

36. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Big Daddy in the house =D Heey Apple....Heeey Apple....Whaaaat? KNIFE =D

31. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

is like in reality when father's (Google) most capable son (Samsung) were in trouble with bullier (Apple) and he come to the rescue !

29. kryme

Posts: 470; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

now apple gonna feel the wrath of google.....

22. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2365; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

,,,,,......meh......

21. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Opps...*$%( just got real..... This case is about to become ALOT more interesting now.... The flip side tho...is what if Apple wins the entire case...Does it go after Google directly then?

45. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Not really, but considering google gets a license fee from using the android name sake, they could. Though that would mean google and the open source community will be paying the two headed giants they don't like. MS already rakes in billions a year off of Droid, which is hilarious...and then paying for apple too? Basically with Win8 becoming free, OEMS will now be able to put win8 on their devices cheaper without the fees. Maybe, I don't know all the fees so its just a what if.

15. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

I wonder what the people in the White House are going to do about this.

18. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

apple would iBribe them, cause apple has billions in off shore acount

20. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

24. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

wow it generated 193 posts...... the highest i believe was by S4 last year with 596posts,,,,

26. Sauce unregistered

So what account did you ditch due to supreme hatred or perm-ban? Lol.

48. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

GOD I HATE APPLE SO MUCH.

34. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

oh, they will be on Apple's side...

8. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

More backups!

4. wilsong17 unregistered

the big boys are in town

6. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

and will kickbut apple for good, greedy useless patent trolls

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