Google Has Intervened in the Never-Ending Apple/Samsung Court Battle

By Tom Pritchard on at

The petty squabbling between Apple, Samsung, and countless other phone companies, will not end. It's just lawsuit after lawsuit in a pathetic attempt to gain a pointless moral victory over the competition. Now Google, a company which has mostly stayed out of the whole mess, has come to Samsung's aid to defend the Korean giant from accusations by Apple.

Hiroshi Lockheimer, Vice President of Android Engineering, took the stand on Friday to defend Samsung against the allegations. The main focus of his defence is that Google used some of the disputed features, such as universal search, in devices like the Galaxy Nexus before Apple had obtained the patents in question.

Lockheimer told the court, "We liked to have our own identity, we liked to have our own ideas. We were very passionate about what we were doing, and it was important that we have our own ideas." Later adding "people tend to think of Google as a big company, but we were a small team. We were autonomous, and the company let us do our own thing."

Apple claims that Samsung infringed on five of its patents, and are seeking $2.91 billion (£1.73 billion) in damages. They rested their case on Friday, and Samsung will continue its defence tomorrow. [Apple Insider via Tech Radar]

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