Samsung currently holds the title as being the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer by shipments, but Apple’s gargantuan $1.049 billion patent infringement win was a hit to their brand.
On Friday, after the jury found them guilty, Samsung decided to appeal the verdict and stated “This is not the final word in this case or in battles being waged in courts and tribunals around the world, some of which have already rejected many of Apple’s claims. Samsung will continue to innovate and offer choices for the consumer.” Apple also informed the world that this decision was more than just money, it was “about values” and that they “make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy. We applaud the court for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.”
However, missing from the mix was major Android OS partner Google. They’ve now released a carefully worded statement and assures any investors and manufacturers that the impact and claims of the case “don’t relate to the core Android operating system.” In addition, possibly a poke at Apple’s short life in the mobile space, Google notes that “The mobile industry is moving fast and all players — including newcomers — are building upon ideas that have been around for decades.”
Big business, big dollars. Full statement below.
“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. The mobile industry is moving fast and all players — including newcomers — are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don’t want anything to limit that.”
Source: The Verge