The patent wars are about to heat up even more. After Apple won its preliminary injunction against the Samsung GALAXY Nexus, and, as expected, Samsung promptly appealed, Samsung is strengthening its legal front. Considering that the Samsung GALAXY Nexus was a collaboration between Samsung and Google, it comes as little surprise that Google will now join Samsung in its legal quest against Apple.
So what exactly do they have in mind? The Korea Times is reporting that a Samsung insider said, “It’s too early to comment on our game plan (with Google) in the legal battle; but we will do our best to get more royalties from Apple, which has benefited from our technology.”
Currently Samsung is requesting 2.4% of the iPhone and iPad’s retail price to be paid out in royalties to compensate for the offending patents. Apple has claimed that the rate is excessive. Samsung is currently being investigated by the EU to determine if it abused FRAND-related patents, while here in the U.S., Google is being investigated by the FTC to find out if it illegally used FRAND patents acquired from Motorola Mobility to block mobile competitors.
We’ll have to wait until the duos next court date to find out what direction this battle will go in next. Currently, we are still waiting to find out whether or not the injunction will take place, as Apple will have to cough up around $96 million to make that happen.
source: The Korea Times