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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62 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

13. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

33. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 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?

43. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

56. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

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

2. The_Godfather

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 26, 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.

10. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Lenovo and Goophone will stand by Apple no matter what.

12. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 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.

20. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

They still can't think of their own designs.

32. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

44. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

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

3. mitoita

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

shame on them....

7. The_Godfather

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

shame on you......

26. mitoita

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

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

4. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 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.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

And where is Google from? Oh right.

14. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 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.

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

54. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

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

27. drunkenjay

Posts: 1671; Member since: Feb 11, 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.

37. TBomb

Posts: 1484; Member since: Dec 28, 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.

9. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

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

11. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Ironic since you have Cook as your avatar picture.

23. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 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?

30. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 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

29. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 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!

6. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Go slay that bitch!

8. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

good moves, Apple patent kill the real innovation

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