It should come as no surprise that Samsung was not too happy with the outcome of the patent infringement trial with Apple in California. The South Korean electronics giant has now filed court proceedings alleging juror misconduct and asking a federal judge to throw out the verdict.
Unwired Planet has filed patent infringement claims against Google and Apple. Both companies are charged with infringing on ten patents, but is seems likely that more claims might follow.
It’s been a tough time lately for Samsung in the ongoing legal war against Apple, with the Android phone maker losing patent battle after battle. But while the losses have been painful, particularly the one from California in late August, the bigger picture is still not as gloomy for Sammy as some are trying to paint it.
An ITC judge has indicated that Apple is unlikely to get HTC’s 4G LTE patents invalidated. HTC is threatening to apply for an import ban on the new iPhone and iPad, assuming they support LTE, in an attempt to get Apple to settle its other patent infringement suits against HTC.
Apple is the most valuable company in the world, and yet it is using patent litigation to bully its competitors. Are the huge profits justified? Can Apple stay on top as goodwill for the company dissolves?
The Koreans have been found guilty of infringing on two Apple design patents covering Samsung’s almost full line of smartphones and have been ordered to pay more than $1 billion in damages to the Cupertino-based tech giant. However, when talking about tablets, Sammy might have gotten itself out of trouble for the time being.
So what does Google think of Samsung’s court loss against Apple? According to its statement the patent war will go on, the validity of Apple’s patents will be challenged, and Android will prevail (reading between the lines a bit on that last one).
While this might initially seem a win for Motorola and Google, the problem here is timing. An initial determination by the judge will still be subject to a review by the ITC. The entire process could take at least one year. With that, whatever damages ensuing from the alleged patent infringement would have already been moot, especially since iPhones and iPads will continue to be sold in the U.S.