Google to Help Samsung in Legal Battle Against Apple
According to a report by The Korea Times
, Samsung has confirmed that it is working with Google to defend against the patent infringement claims made by Apple. The announcement marks the first time that Samsung has confirmed receiving assistance from Google in its legal battle with Apple.
Several years ago, Google publicly announced that it was supporting Android smartphone maker HTC after the company was smacked with a lawsuit from Apple but Google hasn’t publicly indicated any such agreement with Samsung until recently. Samsung is hoping that the move will give the Korean electronics maker an advantage in the courtroom against Apple. An unnamed Samsung official was quoted by the publication as saying that the company hopes it will be able to earn royalties from Apple.
An industry source recently indicated that Apple’s newly earned injunction barring sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1
will cost Samsung roughly $80 million. For those of you who didn’t know, the injunction was awarded last week and went into effect immediately after Apple posted the necessary $2.6 million bond. Apple also won another injunction
in the U.S. last week against Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone, the handset co-developed by Samsung and Google, running an unmodified version of Google’s Android mobile operating system. The losses on the Galaxy Nexus could be even greater than that of the tablet, as industry sources are indicating a loss of up to $120 million if the sales ban extends for two months.
We’ll have to see what move Google and Samsung will take to retaliate.
Source: The Korea Times