Phillip Philbin in Wired: Should Google Be Running Scared From Apple?


Apple sue us next? Not a chance.

That’s the gist of Google’s message following Apple’s $1 billion victory over Samsung in a California patent suit. The search giant is doing its best to quell fears that its Android operating system could be the next target for Apple’s lawyers. And you can’t blame them. Google has to do something to keep its partners in the smartphone and tablet world from panicking, to say nothing of investors. But experts say that while the Apple v. Samsung suit didn’t describe a legal route that leads directly to Mountain View, Google had better watch its back...

Here’s Google’s full statement in reaction to the verdict:
The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. Most of these don’t relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office. The mobile industry is moving fast and all players – including newcomers – are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don’t want anything to limit that.

Phillip Philbin, an intellectual property attorney with national law firm Haynes and Boone, LLP, says Google’s statement is a message to its partners that the verdict only applies to Samsung’s products, and not the entire Android ecosystem. “It’s essentially Google saying that the patent issues apply to Samsung’s software changes and Samsung’s hardware, but not to ‘core’ Android or other Android products,” says Philbin.

Excerpted from Wired, August 28, 2012. To view full article, click here.

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