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GOOGLE REACTS ANGRILY TO APPLE-SAMSUNG VERDICT BECAUSE THEY HATE APPLE
August 28 2012
Mountain View, CA – Apple is, of course, thrilled with the outcome of their lawsuit against Samsung. Yes, they asked for money but the damage done to Samsung – a billion dollars and products pulled from the market – is likely more than sufficient to prevent them or anyone else from infringing on their patents ever again so for that Apple has to be happy.
The victory has also be particularly warming to the hearts of Apple executives because suits against Samsung had been tossed already in most of the world, but lawyers and judges in the good old US of A saw things little differently and decided to punish their opponents.
The damage to Samsung will not impact much in the United States. That company is based in South Korea and has very little business, aside from sales, inside the U.S. For Google, though, which provides the operating system for the Samsung phones and is a fierce competitor with Apple in that space, the loss to their side is bitter and as expected they are very angry at the decision, so angry in fact that they forced themselves to be polite instead of whimsical in their statements about the case.
“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,” said Google in their angry statement. “The mobile industry is moving fast and all players - including newcomers - are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. We continue to work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don't want anything to limit that.”
Google will not be paying any of that billion dollar settlement but the potential removal of seventeen devices using their operating system could cause problems.
Google’s problems though will not be nearly as bad as Samsung’s because of the money, it’s a lot of money.
“I would bet that in the end this amount will be reduced but to consumers, the most important part of this equation, the battle is lost. Unless there is some kind of dramatic complete reversal it is unlikely that phone buyers will see Samsung as anything other than thieves, thieves stealing from good old American companies,” said Scrape TV Technology analyst Ken Kevins. “That will be a tough thing to beat and something that could very well end up hurting Apple and their OS. Hopefully that doesn’t happen for the sake of American, God Bless America.”
It’s not clear how big a role country of origin played in the decision but let’s assume a lot.
“The last thing anyone would want is to see a great American company like Google taken down by a verdict such as this. To take down Samsung, fine, they are foreign but no one wants a major company from the greatest country on the planet to be lost,” continued Kevins. “Of course Google was co-founded by a Russkie so that could be part of the hate directed towards Google’s partners. Hopefully not because that guy has been in America for a long time and is basically one of us, basically.”
Full-on American and Apple CEO Tim Cook is said to be thrilled by the decision, as expected.
Martin Philton, Technology Correspondent