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Google Downplays Impact of Apple's Patent Victory

Aug. 27, 2012

Google on Monday downplayed the impact of Apple's court victory in a patent case against Samsung, claiming that the decision bore little relevance to the company's Android operating system.

Google's statement came after a California jury on Friday awarded Apple over 1 billion dollars in damages after finding that mobile devices made by Samsung, and running on Google's Android software, violated six Apple design patents.

While most of the products cited in Apple's court filing have already been discontinued, the judge in the case has already issued an injunction against Samsung selling its Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet in the US and further injunctions may now be ordered. However the company's top-selling smartphone, the Galaxy SIII is not affected by the decision.

Samsung saw its stock price plummet up to 8 per cent following the verdict and vowed to appeal the ruling.

Google, which according to evidence presented in court, warned Samsung that its designs too closely resembled the iPhone, backed the South Korean company's plans to contest the ruling, saying that the court of appeals would 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," a Google spokesperson told dpa.

Google added that many of Apple's claims of innovation were reliant on pre-existing technologies. "The mobile industry is moving fast and all players - including newcomers - are building upon ideas that have been around for decades," Google said. "We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don't want anything to limit that."

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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