Google and Samsung to work together to stave off patent attack from Apple

Mon, Jul 2, 2012

Legal, News

With Apple securing two preliminary injunctions against Samsung products last week, it seems that Google is actively paying more attention to those legal proceedings than ever.

According to the Korea Times, Google and Samsung are now planning to work together to create more of a unified front against Apple’s patent infringement allegations.

This is the first time Samsung confirmed it is getting help from Google in its legal battle with Apple. Google is also supporting HTC, a Taiwanese smartphone maker and a major Android player, which is also in a legal dispute with Apple.

It had already expressed “deep regret’’ about the ruling from the San Jose court and claimed a different result will be reached when more evidence is presented…

“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,’’ said a Samsung insider.

As we’ve posited many times before, the difference between Samsung and Apple’s allegations is that Samsung’s patents at issue are subject to FRAND terms, meanig that they’re obligated to license them to Apple on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms because they relate to essential technological standards.

Apple’s patents, meanwhile, aren’t subject to any technological standard and Apple has no obligation to license them out to anyone at any price.


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